9 Common Symptoms of Bronchiectasis


Bronchiectasis is a chronic lung disease where the airways in the lungs become scarred and thicken. The disease can affect either one or both lungs and can cause damage in parts or all of the lung.

The main symptom of bronchiectasis is an excess of mucus which can lead to the patient developing infections and result in overall lung decline. Here are more common symptoms of bronchiectasis according to the American Lung Association and the British Lung Foundation.

MORE: Find out more about the common signs and symptoms of bronchiectasis.

Persistent Cough
A persistent cough where the patient frequently coughs up yellow or green mucus. The cough is due to the build-up of excessive mucus that becomes trapped in the lungs. A prolonged cough can also lead to other issues such as incontinence or bladder leakage.

Difficulty Breathing
Respiratory problems will occur and could worsen over time as the disease progresses. Some patients may experience wheezing or making a whistling sound when they breathe.

Chest Pain
Prolonged bouts of coughing and difficulty in breathing could lead to some patients experiencing chest pain.

MORE: What are bronchodilators?

Sinus Problems
Sinus pain, blocked sinuses and headaches may occur due to the excess of mucus. In addition, this may also lead to bad breath.

Digital Clubbing
Clubbing of the fingertips and toes could be a signal that you don’t have enough oxygen in your bloodstream.

Fatigue is often caused by the decrease in oxygen in the blood stream due to breathing difficulties. It is often more pronounced when a patient is suffering an exacerbation.

MORE: Six common symptoms of fatigue. 

Fever and chills are often signs the patients has a lung infection.

Coughing up Blood
A very persistent cough may result in the patient coughing up blood or blood-tinged mucus.

Anxiety and Depression
Like many chronic diseases, patients may also suffer from anxiety and depression as they struggle to cope with their health.

MORE: Seven physical clues you could have depression.

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