What is it?
Bronchiectasis is a long-term condition where the airways of the lungs become abnormally widened, leading to a build-up of excess mucus that can make the lungs more vulnerable to infection.
What are the symptoms?
The most common symptom of bronchiectasis is a persistent cough that brings up a large amount of phlegm on a daily basis.
The phlegm can be clear, pale yellow or yellow-greenish in colour. Other people may only occasionally cough up small amounts of phlegm, or none at all.
Other symptoms may include:
- shortness of breath
- coughing up blood or blood-stained phlegm
- chest pain
- joint pain
- clubbing of the fingertips the tissue beneath the nail thickens and the fingertips become rounded and bulbous
Things to watch out for
GP should be contacted if persistent cough is developed. Your GP may refer you to a specialist in treating lung conditions (a respiratory consultant) for further tests.