A 41-year-old member asked:
Can excessive coughing cause emphysema to worsen?
3 doctor answers • 5 doctors weighed in
Pulmonary Critical Care 25 years experience
No: But it might be a sign that something is amiss: insufficient medications, medication side effect, something else might be going on ...Etc.
Excessive coughing can cause broken ribs, chest pain, coughing blood and collapsed lung.
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Pulmonary Critical Care 31 years experience
See below: It is usually the other way around - excessive coughing is a sign of worsening emphysema. It may also be a sign of infection, mucous plugs, fluid overload etc; means you need more treatment.
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Pulmonary Critical Care 36 years experience
Yes: The increased pressure from coughing will probably destroy alveoli.
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