I am relatively new to bronchiectasis having only been diagnosed within the last five years.My Consultant to whom I owe a great debt: "dug" me out of the COPD community that most GP'S are inclined to put their non specific lung conditions! I have gradually acquired bits and pieces of information on the disease but I am short of undrrstanding what happens when one is colonised.Does the bug spread if it isn't controlled by antibiotics?
If an exacerbation has developed how do you know? Since sputum colour seems to represent the early warning it appears that if a long is colonised then sputum is always colored, or at least in my case is never clear.I have had to take the position that if I feel well I am and the slight cough and thickened and slightly discoloured sputum is something that cannot be cleared is this true? Or is the Holy Grail clear sputum even if continuous antibiotics either orally or IV delivered is required to produce a completely clear result?