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A 40-year-old member asked:

Do all smokers develop chronic obstructive pulmonary disease?

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Dr. Craig Brown
Specializes in Pulmonology
COPD: Most patients who develop COPD are or were smokers. There is some data that states that nonsmokers who have second hand smoker exposure can develop COPD as well. Not all smokers develop copd. The longer you smoke, the more likely you are to develop it.
Dr. Aaron Milstone
Pulmonology 28 years experience
No: Only 30 to 50 percent of smokers develop copd.

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Is it possible to cure chronic obstructive pulmonary disease?

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Dr. Aaron Milstone
Pulmonology 28 years experience
No: The only "cure" for COPD today is transplantation of the bad lungs with new lungs. No medication to date has been able to cure the disease.
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What are the effects of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease?

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Dr. Asaf Presente
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Shortness of Breath: The short answer is shortness of breath and decreased exercise capacity - some will also develop trouble clearing secretions and chronic/repeat infections sometimes requiring hospitalizations. If COPD progresses patients can become cachetic/lose weight, suffer side effects from medications, become barrel chested or have fatigue from low oxygenation, require intubations/vent and ultimately die.
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What are some herbs to take for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease?

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Pulmonology 40 years experience
Herbs used: for cough and colds are Eucalyptus, echinacea, lemon and lime, oregano, garlic, ginger and chili in soup.
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I have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, what to do?

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Dr. Mario Mangas
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
COPD: First need to confirm diagnosis to exclude asthma. At your age seems more likely. Need to exclude Alpha 1 antitrypsin deficiency that could cause emphysema at a young age. This has specific treatment. In regards on what to do, STOP SMOKING if a smoker. Need to determine severity with pulmonary function tests and depending on severity, and symptoms, various treatment options are available.
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What are good herbs for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease?

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Pulmonology 40 years experience
Hot chicken Soup: with lots of garlic, parsley, oregano , rosemary, tarragon, thyme, peppers and green onions help in bronchtis, colds and COPD

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