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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Diane Minich
37 years experience Family Medicine
Depends: If you have been a heavy smoker it can happen at a early age, but is seen more frequently in older individuals, quit smoking now and no second or thir ... Read More
Dr. Dennis Clifford
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No: It is very uncommon to get COPD before age 40 unless you have a genetic susceptibility. There is a blood test you can check to see if you have this. I ... Read More
Dr. Dean Giannone
25 years experience Internal Medicine
COPD at young age.: It's a bit young to get COPD at age 37. Its possible if you were exposed to a lot of second hand smoke as a child and through into adulthood. As well ... Read More

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A 60-year-old female asked:
Dr. Erine Kupetsky
16 years experience Family Medicine
Possible : COPD can lead to emphysema , which in general leads to pulmonary de compensation, needing oxygen, and succeptubilty to lung infections too. Best to no ... Read More
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Dr. Latonya Brown-Puryear
22 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
COPD : Yes- it is chronic and progressive. Yes-people die from it!
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Latonya Brown-Puryear
22 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
COPD: Yes. COPD can result from second hand smoke exposure in nonsmokers, occupational exposures, and genetic abnormalities as well.
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Dr. Dean Giannone
25 years experience Internal Medicine
COPD w/o smoking.: There are conditions that can cause chronic lung disease in the absence of smoking. There are genetic lung conditions as well as occupational/environ ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aaron Milstone
27 years experience Pulmonology
Studies: To obtain a definitive diagnosis of COPD takes a combination of history, exam and test findings. Many times an xray can be suggestive of COPD and pul ... Read More
A 65-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gerardo Guerra Bonilla
12 years experience Family Medicine
Social distancing: Most infections are not severe, although many patients with COVID-19 have critical illness. Most of the fatal cases have occurred in patients with adv ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
22 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
Highly unlikely: Unless your lungs are very sensitive to the harmful effects of cigarette smoke, it is quite unlikely to develop COPD after 2 years of smoking. Tha ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rajesh Rethnam
23 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
Unlikely: If you are not predisposed to COPD from other factors you will not get copd.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Samer Homsi
23 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
Airway disease: It is a disease of the airways . It can result from smoking, dust exposure or asthma. A deficiency in a lung enzyme called Alpha one antitrypsin can r ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gutti Rao
Dr. Gutti Rao answered
46 years experience Hospital-based practice
Most probably not: If your COPD is that bad that you cannot perform your required duties, then you may have to quit. Most often they can be controlled with medications, ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Joy Jackson
19 years experience Family Medicine
The : The cold air can do a few things that can result in you becoming "sick". The cold air can lower your immune system thus making you more susceptible to ... Read More

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