When we inhale, air travels from our mouths to our lungs via airways that are known as bronchi. These airways are naturally lined with a type of mucus that we know as phlegm. This mucus is important to us because it helps to trap anything that might otherwise cause us harm.
Bronchiectasis is a condition that causes these airways to become inflamed and scarred. It also means that more phlegm is lining the airways than usual. This can lead to a wide range of unwelcome symptoms and can cause considerable distress to the patient.
Here’s a look at some of the most common symptoms of the condition.
Symptom #1: Shortness of Breath
Our passageways are usually wide enough to carry all the air that we need into the body. Even when we need to breathe deeply, they can handle the load, even though we may feel out of breath. We don’t usually have any trouble at all catching our breath when we are at rest, though.
The build-up of mucus from bronchiectasis can cause the airways to become narrower, restricting the flow of air. This makes us feel as though we are short of breath, even when we have not been exercising. Medication may be able to help ease the condition to help the patient breathe easier.