A member asked:

I am aware that emphysema is a non-currable disease but does it contageous to fellow housemate?

4 doctors weighed in across 2 answers
Dr. Arnon Rubin answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine

No: Emphysema is not contagious. People get emphysema for genetic reasons combined with enviormental exposures-usually tobacco smoke. The only way your housemate could get emphysema from you is through exposure to second hand smoke.

Answered 5/2/2015


Dr. Hesham Hassaballa answered

Specializes in Pulmonary Critical Care

Not at all: Emphysema is not contagious. You can't "catch" it from anyone. But, you can get lung damage that causes emphysema by smoking or inhaling second hand smoke.

Answered 7/20/2012



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