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COPD may include chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. Chronic bronchitis is the production of increased mucus caused by inflammation. Bronchitis is considered chronic if you cough and produce excess mucus most days for three months in a year, two years in a row. Emphysema is a disease that damages the air sacs and/or the smallest breathing tubes in the lungs. ...Read more
COPD...: Some of the signs and symptoms of COPD exacerbation include increased shortness of breath, increased cough, change in sputum color, decreased oxygen level, decrease in activity level, decreased appetite, decrease ability to sleep or an increase in sleep, headache, etc. If the exacerbation is due to infection, there may also be fever, chills, cold symptoms, etc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes.: The sooner the better. You may not be able to do all you want but you will in the next 6 wks. Your fev1 declines following an exacerbation. This may take 90 days to reach your previous level. Excersise will not change this but you will feel better and not loose any gains you had before you were sick. Make sure its an all inclusive program. ...Read more
Interesting question: If you ask me, most if not all such patients should get abgs. Physicians practice differently though and not all do this. There are no hard guidelines and standard of care for that as far as I am aware, unless the patient is in respiratory failure/intubated where abgs guide the management. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Are steroids and antibiotics always needed for a copd. exacerbation? Some people always take them, where as nebulizer helps me.
50 yr. Old non-smoker, w/ COPD exacerbation of 1+ year. Pulmonologist informed me spirometer reading was 22%, but increased to 37% after the bronchodilator. Any reasonable expectation of improvement?
Diagnosis??: If you have never smoked, and spirometry shows obstruction that improves with bronchodilator therapy, you may have asthma and not copd. If you do have copd, that means there is irreversible airway obstruction that is treatable but not curable so, over time, it will worsen. If you have COPD and never smoked, get tested for alpha1 anti trypsin deficiency, a form if COPD with a different treatment. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Not Usually: While any medication may theoretically create novel side effects in any given individual, Benicar (brand name for olmesartan) is not routinely associated with lung issues and should not exacerbate your COPD. It's cousin medications, ACE inhibitors, can have some lung-related side effects, most commonly cough. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Wha bacteria produces a yellow green sputum in a COPD patient and/or exacerbate chronic bronchitis?
Asthmatic. Seem to have more lung/chest pain with exacerbations/bronchitis than before. Is this a sign of progression to COPD or worsened disease?
Unlikely: More likely that it is uncontrolled asthma, especially since you've never smoked. I don't see any asthma controller medications (daily inhaler) on your list and wonder if its time to see your doctor. Pulmonary function tests should be done now and again when you are feeling a bit better. Do not delay in addressing this and good luck! ...Read more
Lung disease.: COPD = chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. This has many causes but primarily is associated with long term smoking. Two types are chronic bronchitis and emphysema. There are rarer causes of copd. It is treated by stopping the cause (smoking) and medications to open up the airways (inhalers and such). See your pcp, pulmonologist or other provider of care for this illness if concerned. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Lung disease: COPD is short for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. It consists of chronic bronchitis (coughing up phlegm every day) and/or emphysema (destruction of lung tissue). Most often it is due to smoking. It makes it difficult to blow all the air out of the lungs, and thus can cause shortness of breath. Other symptoms are cough, wheezing, fatigue. There are great treatments for this condition. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Lung disease : Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary (or Respiratory) Disease, shortened to COPD or CORD. Basically this is an illness which makes breathing difficult and is almost always caused by smoking, there is no cure but there is symptom relief. There are a variety of treatments. See this link for a full explanation. https://www.healthnavigator.org.nz/health-a-z/c/chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease/ ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Stop smoking...: COPD needs to be treated by a physician as there are meds available like bronchodilators and steroid inhalers to control symptoms. If the oxygen level is low, oxygen therapy may be needed. The best thing you can do for yourself is to quit smoking if you are a smoker. Your doctor can help with this as well. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
No: One out of four people who have smoked 15 years 1 pack per day will develop copd. Once it is established it will continue to worsen although at different rates depending upon active smoking and genetic predisposition. Rate of decline depends on active smoking and genetics. There is no way to reverse COPD once it is established. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Diagnose...: COPD is diagnosed via clinical assessment and pulmonary function testing. Your family doctor can diagnose copd, although the pulmonary function tests are typically interpreted by a lung specialist and this report is sent to your family doctor. Lung specialists can also diagnose this disease. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (Copd) (Definition)
A group of lung diseases that block airflow and make it difficult to breathe. ...Read more
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