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Managing your bronchiectasis

While there is no cure for bronchiectasis, there are lots of things that you can do to manage your bronchiectasis and live an active life.

One of the most important things is to learn is what symptoms are 'normal' for you. This helps you to recognise when you have a chest infection. By getting treatment quickly, you can often avoid having to go to hospital as well as any further damage to your lungs.

You can reduce your risk of getting a chest infection by:

  • Keeping up to date with your vaccinations, such as the flu vaccine and pneumococcal vaccine
  • Avoiding contact with people with colds and chest infections
  • Getting into the routine of good hand hygiene and encouraging family members and visitors to do the same.
  • Exercising regularly - this can boost your immune system and help avoid infections.

Other things you can do to help manage you to stay well include:

  • Keeping active
  • Eating a healthy, balanced diet and keeping up your fluid intake
  • Stopping smoking
  • Doing your airway clearance exercises regularly
  • Avoiding air pollution where possible
See CHSS booklet Living with Bronchiectasis (PDF) for more information on managing your bronchiectasis and keeping yourself well.