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Bronchiectasis - How to prevent?

Bronchiectasis - Treatments

Bronchiectasis is a chronic condition and often requires life-long treatment. 

Usually, the damage to your airways that causes bronchiectasis can’t be reversed.

General measures and lifestyle changes will keep you from falling sick too often. These include:
  • Balanced diet, increase protein intake
  • Regular exercise/physical activity
  • Avoid smoking/smoking cessation
  • Updated vaccinations against influenza and pneumococcus
The main stay of treatment includes prevention of infections which will further damage your lungs, and improving your symptoms. This can be done through:
  • Daily chest physiotherapy – to help to clear phlegm from your airways using various breathing exercises and techniques
  • Antibiotics – prompt antibiotic therapy when acutely unwell or worsening symptoms (“exacerbation”)
  • Bronchodilators – may help to open up your airways 
  • Mucolytic/mucus clearance agents – to help expectorate the phlegm
  • Long term inhaled or oral antibiotics
Other Options: 
You also have option of participating in clinical trials to see if new treatment or medications work. To find out more, you can call  SGH Clinical Trails and Research Centre at +65 6321 3652  or send an email to  

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