Signs and Symptoms of Bronchiectasis

Bronchiectasis causes the bronchi (the airways that carry air to and from the lungs) to become abnormally widened and damaged. Some common signs and symptoms of bronchiectasis include:

  • Chronic cough, often with sputum (yellow or green phlegm) production
  • Shortness of breath, particularly with physical activity
  • Fatigue and weakness
  • Recurrent chest infections, such as pneumonia or bronchitis
  • Wheezing and chest tightness
  • Clubbing of the fingers or toes (a rounding and enlargement of the fingertips and nails)
  • Coughing up blood or mucus mixed with blood, a condition called hemoptysis

It is important to note that some people with bronchiectasis may have mild symptoms, or may not have any symptoms at all. However, the condition can cause significant damage to the lungs over time, so it is important to seek medical attention if you are experiencing any of the above symptoms or if you have a history of recurrent chest infections.