Symptoms of Bronchiectasis
According to the American Lung Association®, Bronchiectasis affects 350,000 to 500,000 people in the United States. Two phases of lung damage cause bronchiectasis. The first phase is the initial infection or condition that affections your lungs. The second phase is the reoccurring infections that continue to damage the lungs.
- Coughing up yellow or green mucus daily
- Shortness of breath (Dyspnea)
- Wheezing or whistling sound while you breath
- Chest pain from increased effort to breath
- Clubbing, or the thickening of the skin under nails
- Coughing up blood or mucus mixed with blood (Hemoptysis)
- Repeat colds
Bronchiectasis Risk Factors
- Cigarette smoking
- Cystic fibrosis
- Chronic Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
- Organ Transplant (transplant medications decrease immunity and can increase risk of infection)
- Foreign bodies, tumors, or lymph nodes that block airways and prevent mucus clearance
- Autoimmune disorders, like rheumatoid arthritis (RA)
- Inflammatory disorders, like inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
Recurring infections that can cause damage to the airway walls are:
- Pertussis (Whooping Cough)
- Fungal Infections
High Frequency Chest Wall Oscillation
Treatment Type 1
High-frequency chest wall oscillation is an airway clearance device. A fitted vest produces vibrations that loosen and remove mucus from the airway. It can be done from home, and can help alleviate your symptoms, allowing you to breathe easier.
Treatment Type 2Mucus Thinning Medications may be prescribed for patients who are diagnosed with bronchiectasis to assist with mucus production. Such medications are often delivered via a nebulizer which produces a fine mist that allows the medication to be inhaled deep into the lungs. If your healthcare practitioner prescribes inhalation therapy, we can provide home and portable nebulizer machines to help alleviate your symptoms so you can breathe easier.
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Devices We Provide Include:
Airway clearance therapy that is the first battery-operated vest that lets patients receive therapy on the go.
The DeVilbiss Traveler Compressor uses two simple parts: the compressor and the nebulizer. The compressor creates the airflow that travels to your nebulizer. The nebulizer is the medication cup that breaks your liquid medication into breathable mist or aerosol.
The PARI Trek® S Portable Compressor uses two simple parts: the compressor and the nebulizer. The compressor creates the airflow that travels to your nebulizer. The nebulizer is the medication cup that breaks your liquid medication into breathable mist or aerosol.
Additional Lincare Services
Oxygen treatments can help improve oxygen intake, reduce symptoms, increase stamina, and generally improve quality of life.
If you're on Warfarin, PT/INR at-home testing lets you monitor your blood anticoagulation levels weekly from home.
Nebulizers treat diseases including COPD and asthma. We offer electronic and portable nebulizers, and our Pharmacy delivers them to you.