Other Respiratory Illnesses
Respiratory diseases such as chronic bronchitis, bronchiectasis and cystic fibrosis produce excess mucus in the lungs, which is difficult to cough out. This can lead to lung infections among other complications.
Bronchiectasis is a disease in which there is permanent enlargement of parts of the airways of the lung. Symptoms typically include a chronic cough with sputum production. Other symptoms may include include shortness of breath, coughing up blood, and chest pain. Those with the disease often get frequent lung infections.
Cystic Fibrosis affects the lungs and digestion. It is characterized by an unusually thick, sticky mucus that clogs the lungs, making it hard to breathe. This leads to infection. Cystic Fibrosis also affects the pancreas making it hard to digest and absorb nutrients. Regular airway clearance can help to prevent mucus build-up in the lungs. This can reduce infections and improve lung function. Cystic Fibrosis is a genetic disease – currently there is no cure.
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