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A 64-year-old male asked:

is smoking the only cause of copd?

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Dr. Alvin Lin
Geriatrics 30 years experience
No but . . .: Most common cause. Go see your doc to get thorough evaluation. Pulmonary function test will give you an objective measure of how well you're breathing. Good luck!
Dr. Peter Hahn
Pulmonary Critical Care 24 years experience
No: There are many causes. Use of biofuels is a major cause of COPD in less developed countries. There is certainly data showing a relationship with COPD and air pollution.

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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.
A 21-year-old member asked:

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:

Can a workplace or heavy fumes cause copd?

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Dr. Andrew Carroll
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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.

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