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can a workplace or heavy fumes cause copd?

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Dr. Andrew Carroll
Dr. Andrew Carrollanswered
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Yes: Chronic exposure to things that affect the lungs (such as cigarette smoke) could lead to chronic lung scarring. Rates of COPD are higher in those who live in large urban areas due to pollution. COPD can likely be induced in workplace environments.
Dr. Theodore Cole
Specializes in Family Medicine
Yes: Many types of environmental toxins can contribute to the development if illness, including copd. The exposure that is most controllable is smoking.
Dr. Nassir Azimi
Interventional Cardiology 23 years experience
Yes: Yes occupational exposure to certain chemicals can damage the airways and result in either emphysematous changes or chronic bronchial inflammation.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

Who can diagnose copd?

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Dr. Aaron Milstone
Pulmonology 27 years experience
Healthcare Providers: A variety of healthcare providers can diagnose COPD including primary care physicians, family doctors, internists and pulmonologists. Other physicians in other fields occasionally make this diagnosis as well.
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How is COPD diagnosed?

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Dr. Carlo Hatem
Pulmonary Critical Care 25 years experience
PFT: A pulmonary function test or spirometry is needed to diagnose copd. X-rays alone are not enough. Medical history is also important.
A 21-year-old member asked:

How is COPD treated?

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Dr. Carlo Hatem
Pulmonary Critical Care 25 years experience
Inhalers: First, smokers should quit smoking. A number of inhalers are used. There are controlling medications to be taken daily and rescue inhalers to be taken only when needed. For more details, check with your doctor.
A 34-year-old member asked:

Is it safe to try alternative therapies to treat copd?

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Dr. Joseph De Santi
Family Medicine 29 years experience
It's rough to puff..: It depends on what alternative treatments you're considering. Complimentary treatments such as physical therapy for the lungs, i.e. Pulmonary rehab therapy, with a therapist are known to be effective in improving quality of life. If you're oxygen dependent and want to get rid of oxygen and medications in favor of some alternative you may be risking all the progress you've made to this point.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Is COPD life threatening?

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Dr. Andrew Carroll
Dr. Andrew Carrollanswered
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Yes: Imagine drowning slowly over 20 years. That's what COPD is like. If you have copd, and continue to smoke heavily, you very slowly deprive your body of the ability to oxygenate your body and mind. Eventually you might need supplemental oxygen just to get from your bed to your kitchen. And having COPD makes you more susceptible to life threatening infections like pneumonia.

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