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Doctor insights on: Airway Obstruction Associated With Emphysema And Chronic Bronchitis

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Is chronic bronchitis fatal?

Is chronic bronchitis fatal?

Progressive...: Chronic bronchitis is a form of COPD and it is slowly progressive. Treatments that can slow disease progression include smoking cessation and oxygen therapy, if the oxygen level is low enough to qualify. It can be fatal but progression can be slowed with treatment. ...Read more

Dr. Ronald Krauser
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Copd (Definition)

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


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How are the disease emphysema and chronic bronchitis fatal?

How are the disease emphysema and chronic bronchitis fatal?

Respiratory failure: The lungs eventually lose so much function that they can't support normal metabolic processes and supply oxygen which is one of the fuels the body runs on. ...Read more

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Copd with chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Is it possible to treat this?

COPD Emphysema: Treatment consists of smoking cessation, bronchodilators, steroids, pulmonary rehab, oxygen therapy, management of exacerbation and surgery in selected cases. ...Read more

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Is chronic bronchitis contagious? My uncle has chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Can I catch bronchitis from him? .

Is chronic bronchitis contagious? My uncle has chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Can I catch bronchitis from him? .

No: Chronic bronchitis itself is not contagious. Sometimes the virus or bacteria that exacerbate a patient's chronic bronchitis can be contagious however. ...Read more

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What is the difference between chronic bronchitis and emphysema?

COPS: Emphysema and chronic bronchitis are two conditions termed COPD or chronic obstuctive pulmonary (lung)disease. Emphysema is long term progressive disease which causes shortness of breath. The tissue necessary to suppot sructure of the lung is destroyed
chronic bronchis is chronic inflammation of bronchi which causes cough and sputum production at least for three months in two successive years. ...Read more

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What's the difference between having chronic bronchitis and emphysema?

What's the difference between having chronic bronchitis and emphysema?

Different symptoms: While chronic lung disease can have both these components one will usually dominate the picture - bronchitics will have lots of trouble with infections and mucus clearing and cough - emphamatous folk will have more shortness of breath/discomfort, and are more likely to have barrel chests, retain carbon dioxide and need oxygen therapy. ...Read more

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What's the difference between chronic bronchitis and emphysema outcome?

What's the difference between chronic bronchitis and emphysema outcome?

Varies: Both chronic bronchitis and emphysema are chronic, progressive diseases that respond favorably to smoking cessation. However, how an individual sufferer will do is best predicted by knowing family and smoking history, severity of the lung disease, how the disease has affected th heart, the patients overall conditioning, etc. ...Read more

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Do I have emphysema and or chronic bronchitis, or is there no difference?

Do I have emphysema and or chronic bronchitis, or is there no difference?

Difference...: Both diseases are forms of COPD but they are quite different. Chronic bronchitis has a chronic productive cough whereas emphysema patients tend to not produce as much sputum. See your doctor who will be able to diagnose which one you have, if any. Both diseases are caused usually by smoking. ...Read more

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What is the difference between the 2 types of COPD (chronic bronchitis and emphysema)? And which is worse?

What is the difference between the 2 types of COPD (chronic bronchitis and emphysema)? And which is worse?

There isn't any: In practice, although there are in theory. PURE emphysema involves only the small air sacs, which become less capable of diffusing oxygen into the bloodstream and clearing carbon dioxide, enlarge and coalesce with othrs. Pure bronchitis inflames and narrows the smaller air passages so that oxygen/CO2 can't get through. Most patients have BOTH of these processes, though one may predominate. Both bad ...Read more

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Could tea have any beneficial effects on COPD emphysema chronic bronchitis sufferers?

Could tea have any beneficial effects on COPD emphysema chronic bronchitis sufferers?

Very little.: If the tea has caffeine then this is a very minimal bronchodilator response. Best thing is good nutritional status and physical activity. Follow up with md and use inhalers. Also most important stay off cigs. ...Read more

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Which of these are restrictive: obstructive pulmonary diseases are asthma, chronic bronchitis and emphysema?

Which of these are restrictive: obstructive pulmonary diseases are asthma, chronic bronchitis and emphysema?

Restriction: Airway "obstruction" refers to limitation of air flow through the airways. "restriction" refers to processes that keep the lungs from opening fully when you inhale. Restriction can result from fibrosis, or thickening, of the lung as with diseases like idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. It can even be from something as simple as obesity or muscle weakness that keeps you from breathing deeply. ...Read more

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What to do if I know obstructive pulmonary diseases are asthma, chronic bronchitis and emphysema but what are the restrictive ones?

What to do if I know obstructive pulmonary diseases are asthma, chronic bronchitis and emphysema but what are the restrictive ones?

See below: Exam question? The interstitial lung diseases (there are many) like Interstitial pneumonias from collagen vascular disease or idiopathic, Bronchiolitis Obliterans Organizing Pneumonia (BOOP), Respiratory Bronchiolitis Associated Interstitial Lung Disease (RBILD), Drug induced lung disease; also Obesity, Pregnancy, and Cirrhosis with ascites. Many others. ...Read more

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? Over the counter medicine can you take for a cold or allergy's if you have emphysema or chronic bronchitis and heart mummer what over-the-counter med for cold and allergy male 57 emphysema chronic bronchitis and heart mummer can't tak

? Over the counter medicine can you take for a cold or allergy's if you have emphysema or chronic bronchitis and heart mummer what over-the-counter med for cold and allergy male 57 emphysema chronic bronchitis and heart mummer can't tak

Talk to YOUR doctor: If you have emphysema/bronchitis, you need a physician with experience in treating pulmonary diseases, and should probably be on a number of medications, including regular inhalers to improve pulmonary function, and acute "rescue" inhalers for sudden symptoms. There are other meds as well. What otc meds you take depends on your other meds, blood pressure etc, and cause of heart murmur. See md. ...Read more

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Chronic bronchitis emphysema and lung cancer can be caused by?

Chronic bronchitis emphysema and lung cancer can be caused by?

Smoking.,: The most common cause for both diseases is cigarette smoking. By either avoiding smoking or quitting if you do smoke, you reduce your chances of getting these diseases. See your doctor if you need help to quit. ...Read more

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Difference between bronchial asthma, chronic bronchitis and emphysema in terms of lung?

Difference between bronchial asthma, chronic bronchitis and emphysema in terms of lung?

Difference...: Asthma is characterized by recurrent, reversible airway obstruction. Emphysema and chronic bronchitis are both forms of COPD and are characterized by irreversible airway obstruction usually caused by smoking. Now, COPD patients can also have a reversible airway obstruction component and asthmatics can develop an irreversible component over time so there is overlap in this definition. ...Read more

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What is chronic bronchitis? What is the difference between chronic bronchitis and copd?

What is chronic bronchitis? What is the difference between chronic bronchitis and copd?

Chronic cough: COPD is chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is an umbrella diagnosis that includes emphysema, and chronic bronchitis, some people also include asthma. In chronic bronchitis, there is chronic inflammation of the bronchial tubes resulting in cough and phlegm production. The most common cause is smoking. ...Read more

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What's the youngest you can have copd?? I'm 26 and worried I may have it, I may just also have the after effects of chronic bronchitis. (I smoke.)

There are Pulmonary: DISEASES which can cause COPD at a VERY early age (in childhood!!) CYSTIC FIBROSIS is the main example. And there is a hereditary form of EMPHYSEMA. ....HOWEVER in your case YOU ARE CORRECT. QUIT SMOKING NOW!

Hope this helps
Dr Z ...Read more

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With chronic bronchitis or copd, what is the color & texture is the mucous or secretions from the lungs?

With chronic bronchitis or copd, what is the color & texture is the mucous or secretions from the lungs?

All different...: Sputum can have many colors and still be ok. The color that is most worrisome is red; this always needs to be evaluated by your doctor. Otherwise, if your sputum changes in color and consistency you need to be seen by your doctor. ...Read more

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Wha bacteria produces a yellow green sputum in a COPD patient and/or exacerbate chronic bronchitis?

Wha bacteria produces a yellow green sputum in a COPD patient and/or exacerbate chronic bronchitis?

See below: Strep, staph, hemophilus, moraxella, pseudomonas, mycoplasma, chlamydophila would be the most common. They are usually covered by the commonly used antibiotics for outpatient treatment. ...Read more

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I was prescribed benzonatate just after a breathing treatment for copd chronic bronchitis. Is this safe for me?

I was prescribed benzonatate just after a breathing treatment for copd chronic bronchitis. Is this safe for me?

RAD V COPD: YES IT IS: COPD TX has many layers :LONG ACTING INHALERS/SHORT ACTING INHALERS/benzoate/SINGULAIR. COPD is unusual in an non smoker under 50. Make sure they evaluate you for alpha1 antitrypsin deficiency /pulmonary hypertension/pulmonary fibrosis/sarcoidosis. You need a full exam labs CT of chest. PFTS with DLCO AND POTENTIALLY lung bronchoscopy with biopsy. By pulmonary consult. ...Read more

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I've been diagnosed with both chronic bronchitis and asthma and was wondering what the early signs of COPD are? My asthma has been gradually worsening

I've been diagnosed with both chronic bronchitis and asthma and was wondering what the early signs of COPD are? My asthma has been gradually worsening

Quit smoking: Even a single cigarette would impact your lung adversely so that's one thing you must do right now. The early sign of COPD is that your airway obstruction has become irreversible but I think you are still at an age when stopping smoking may reverse the trend. Smoking also reduces your airway's response to inhaled steroid as well. Quit and you'll be glad that you did. ...Read more

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How to know if I have COPD chronic bronchitis?

How to know if I have COPD chronic bronchitis?

History and test: History of smoking is very important. A good physical exam and history is a must. The actual diagnosis is made on the above and simple spirometry. Full pulmonary function test are good as well. COPD is a catch all diagnosis as well. One can have asthma/chronic bronchitis/emphysema and be called copd. Need to follow up with md. ...Read more

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How to tell if I have COPD or chronic bronchitis?

Defined: Chronic bronchitis is a form of COPD which also includes emphysema. If you have daily sputum production for 2 months or a smoker's cough, it's likely you have chronic bronchitis. ...Read more

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Does chronic bronchitis cause nose to produce excessive mucus, which is more than mucus coming from throat?

Does chronic bronchitis cause nose to produce excessive mucus, which is more than mucus coming from throat?

Not usually: Lots of nasal mucus production is usually a sign of allergy, or can be a reaction to cold temperatures and other things. If you are a smoker, you should quit. An ear-nose-throat physician and/or an allergist can do testing to see if allergy or other factors are causing this, and has a number of options in terms of treating it. ...Read more

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Difficulty swallowing, weight loss, history of chronic bronchitis, loss of appitite, feeling of cotton wool stuck on side of throat Scared it's cancer?

Difficulty swallowing, weight loss, history of chronic bronchitis, loss of appitite, feeling of cotton wool stuck on side of throat Scared it's cancer?

Some ideas...: chronic cough, weight loss are some of the standard cancer signs. Chest x ray is good at diagnosing (too late) and helical CT of chest seems a better test. A simple look down throat rules out throat cancer. Both lung and throat are quite rare without a cigarette or alcohol history. ...Read more

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What's the difference between COPD and chronic airway obstruction?

What's the difference between COPD and chronic airway obstruction?

One kind: COPD is one form of chronic airway obstruction. Asthma, chronic bronchitis, obliterative bronchiolitis, small airway disease, bronchiectasis, etc. Etc are other forms. ...Read more

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What's the difference between COPD and chronic airway obstruction?

Category...: Copd, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is one disease that causes chronic airway obstruction. Chronic airway obstruction is a more general category and there are other pulmonary disease that also cause chronic airway obstruction, like bronchiectasis, cystic fibrosis, etc. See your doctor for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Can emphysema/copd/bronchitis&other respiratory conditions make it feel like the throat/esophagus has cool air in it (no pain) but feels abnormal?

Not described: Never heard or read of an association between what you describe and lung disease. But you could ask a doc for a full examination (history and physical exam) for more reassurance. ...Read more

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Why do we consider emphysema as a chronic obstructive airway diseasesince there is no obstruction occurring?

Why do we consider emphysema as a chronic obstructive airway diseasesince there is no obstruction occurring?

There is obstruction: Most patients with significant emphysema do have airflow obstruction, in fact severe airflow obstruction. With emphysema you get collapse of all the small airways in the lung and the airflow is trapped and therefore obstructed. ...Read more

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Can you have chronic bronchitis without copd? Does chronic bronchitis require antibiotics?

Can you have chronic bronchitis without copd? Does chronic bronchitis require antibiotics?

Chronic bronchitis: Your chronic bronchitis may be due to allergies in which case antibiotics are not needed. See an allergist and make sure you don't have asthma. ...Read more

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Can sinus or nose problem cause symptoms similar to chronic bronchitis? Excessive mucus n unable to breathe deeply?

Possibly...: Sinus problems can lead to bronchospasm which can result in shortness of breath. You may cough mucous from post-nasal drip. The treatment, however, includes nasal sprays as well as inhalers to control the bronchospasm. See your doctor for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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What symptoms do people with chronic bronchitis usually have?

What symptoms do people with chronic bronchitis usually have?

Cough, phlegm: Could be from smoking or other irritants, associated with sinuses too, and mainly smoking. Good time to quit. ...Read more

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Is chronic bronchitis progressive? Does it get worse or go away?

Is chronic bronchitis progressive? Does it get worse or go away?

Progressive: COPD tends to be progressive. But inhaled & oral meds, along with smoking cessation, & supplemental oxygen if needed, can significantly slow the progress. Other ills, like heart disease, make it worse. End-stage sign is acute flare up episodes ("exacerbations") requiring more frequent hospital stays. That's the time to focus on life quality over life prolonging care (hospice). Hope that helps. ...Read more

Obstruction (Definition)

Anything that creates a blockage of the intestinal tract. You may think of the intestinal tract (stomach, small bowel, large bowel) as somewhat akin to a garden hose. If you kink the garden hose, or twist it, or block it inside, you have created an "obstruction". Most obstructions are a results of previous surgery and most of these ...Read more


Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Chronic Bronchitis (Definition)

Typical symptoms of bronchitis can include: cough that brings up mucus, shortness of breath, wheezing, mild fever, feeling tired, discomfort of the chest. Bronchitis is deemed to be chronic when cough with mucus are present most days for a ...Read more