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I am confused. I have been diagnosed with mild bronchiectasis along with poorly controlled asthma. I researched B when diagnosed 2 years ago, after two years of a constant cycle of infections, followed by coughing and wheezing etc. The pulmy said it should not cause that much trouble, so I concentrated mostly on the asthma aspects of my illness. I am on preventative antibiotics, but I still get sick every 6-8 weeks and besides the wheeze, I have sinusitis and then extreme shortness of breath. When the SOB starts, Nothing helps but prednisone. I was in the hospital recently and a nurse suggested I try saline solution in my nebulizer. That has been very helpful. When I looked up nebulized saline solution, I discovered it is used commonly for Non-Cystic Fibrosis Bronchiectasis. N-acytlcersteine also seems like a common treatment for NCFB, so I have purchased over the counter pills. They also seem to be helping, along with breathing exercises, a flutter valve, and a daily walk. I can't seem to figure out if Bronchiectasis and NCFB are one and the same. I will see my doctor soon. I suspect she will also tell me that my mild B is not the problem. That is OK. The routine I have established seems to be working and would probably be OK whether I have medically resistant asthma OR Bronchiectasis OR NCFB. I would just like to know if there is a difference between the two bronchiectasis terms. Thanks for any insight you can give me!
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