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Acute Exacerbations Of Copd
Shortness of breath: Typically, patients with COPD have shortness of breath, wheezing, and coughing. Fatigue, decreased energy, and decreased ability to do normal activities are also quite common. Sometimes, patients can get dizziness related to the shortness of breath. If you have these symptoms, definitely see a doctor. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Possibly...: Perhaps, you are referring to an acute exacerbation of copd? This occurs when a COPD patient experiences a sudden worsening of symptoms like shortness of breath, cough, wheeze, etc. An acute exacerbation of COPD can be caused by an infection, among other etiologies. See your doctor if you have a sudden worsening of your symptoms so diagnosis and treatment can be given! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Following 3 back to back viruses & ear/sinus infection, i now have a cough lasting 2 months. Is this still acute bronchitis or is it now chronic/copd?
Not likely: COPD is caused typically by years of smoking cigarettes. The symptoms could include cough, mucous production and shortness of breath. With certain viral infections the symptoms of COPD can be exacerbated, but those patient already have the diagnosis of copd. If you have had symptoms for several week it would be good to get an opinion form your doctor or have a visit with you pulmonologist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 2 more doctor answers
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