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Are deep breathing exercises beneficial to increase lung capacity?

Are deep breathing exercises beneficial to increase lung capacity?

Lung capacity: To some degree, yes. But this is limited to the physical capacity of the lungs. Cardiopulmary function may improve as well. ...Read more

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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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Are breathing exercises safe for improving anxiety/allergy related dyspnea?

Are breathing exercises safe for improving anxiety/allergy related dyspnea?

Absolutely: Any form of breathing exercise and/or meditation can help relieve anxiety and stress. Just make sure you are doing it correctly so it will work. ...Read more

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Cardiac fitness for asthma patients? How do I improve cardiac fitness with asthma?

Cardiac fitness for asthma patients? How do I improve cardiac fitness with asthma?

Aerobic but slower: Aerobic exercise works as well in asthma as non-asthma but you should use albuterol before workouts and the intensity likely will need to be advanced slower especially early. ...Read more

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Would lung reduction surgery help someone with bronchitis cough less?

Would lung reduction surgery help someone with bronchitis cough less?

No: Lung volume reduction surgery or lvrs is for patients with chronic emphysema, and not chronic bronchitis. Bronchitis is inflammation of the airways. Emphysema is loss of the elasticity of the lung tissue, and ballooning or air trapping of the lung tissue. Lvrs has proven (national emphysema treatment trial) to be beneficial and life saving in patients with poor exercise capacity, and emphysema in the upper parts of the lung. ...Read more

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Can asthma inhalers help non-asthmatics breath better by relaxing muscles?

Can asthma inhalers help non-asthmatics breath better by relaxing muscles?

Not a good idea: If your lungs are normal, they maintain the appropriate balance of keeping your small airways open/closed.The mechanism is designed to keep toxic fumes/materials out of sensitive endpoints in the lung.When used without need, they increase your hearts work /rate & saturate the lungs sensors.Overstimulation can make these sensors less reliable.Any med strong enough to do good can do the opposite ...Read more

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Can patients with vocal chord dysfunction get some relief from asthma inhalers, particularly blue rescue inhalers?

Can patients with vocal chord dysfunction get some relief from asthma inhalers, particularly blue rescue inhalers?

Not really: Sitting down and taking time to use an inhaler may break the pattern, but not much.Working with a speech pathologist on breathing exercises, and recognizing the triggers will help the most over time. ...Read more

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Is sleep apnea related to COPD and/or asthma? What are some effective treatments for someone with sleep apnea and COPD - cpap, bipap, pillows?

Is sleep apnea related to COPD and/or asthma? What are some effective treatments for someone with sleep apnea and COPD - cpap, bipap, pillows?

Here we go?: No, not related. Treatment is with a c-pap machine are others as you listed. Care is directed by someone trained in sleep disorders. You can have COPD and other lung diseases but not related to sleep apnea. Together, they are difficult. ...Read more

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How to cure continuous wheezing and breathlessness with fatigue for an asthma patient?

How to cure continuous wheezing and breathlessness with fatigue for an asthma patient?

See a doctor: Asthma can be managed effectively. You will most likely need various inhalers and possibly more. A lung function test is critical for accurate assessment of your condition. See a doctor right away. Allergists and Pulmonologists specialize in this condition. ...Read more

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How often do I need breathing treatments for COPD spasms?

How often do I need breathing treatments for COPD spasms?

As often to get well: It depends on the severity. Either albuterol or xopenex (levalbuterol) is given every one, two or four hours until you are no longer short of breath. Other meds may be necessary including steroids, antibiotics and supplemental oxygen. ...Read more

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Would oxygen therapy be helpful for chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (copd)?

Can be: Oxygen therapy improves survival in COPD patients...But only if they need it. Some patients have such severe disease that they can't maintain a normal oxygen level. This is when oxygen therapy is helpful. Often we check patient's oxygen levels with an oximeter, a machine that measures the level of oxygen in the bloodstream. Patients qualify for treatment if the level is less than 88%. ...Read more

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Can COPD patients use glutathione in a nebulizer?

Can COPD patients use glutathione in a nebulizer?

Use as mucomist: Glutathione is end product of n-acetyl cysteine since glutathione gets degraded quickly you need the precursor. So for COPD use mucomist which is nac in liquid form smells like sewage so i prefer the capsule to avoid this. John hopkins univ did a critical care seminar and they are using nac for acute kidney failure too. ...Read more

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Is Chest expnasion of 5cm (currently 3cm while inhalation) while inhalation possible by deep breathing exercises using lung exerciser in 1-2 months?

Is Chest expnasion of 5cm (currently 3cm while inhalation) while inhalation possible by deep breathing exercises using lung exerciser in 1-2 months?

Chest expansion: Hello ~ your question as written is difficult to understand but if I do, you are asking if your lungs vital capacity will improve with deep breathing and lung exerciser. Yes it will but to a max predetermined by your body size When the chest gets bigger for body builders that is muscle on the outside and not much increase in lung volumes. If that does not answer resubmit question thx ...Read more

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Can oxygen therapy be used to prevent cough in bronchiectasis patients?

Can oxygen  therapy be used to prevent cough in bronchiectasis patients?

No: Oxygen therapy is only used in patients with advanced bronchiectasis who have difficulty maintaining normal oxygen saturations. To prevent cough in patients with bronchiectasis, it is important to remove the excess mucus from the airways by use of mucolytic therapies (inhaled hypertonic saline) & physical techniques to mobilize the mucus (chest vest, acapella, flutter etc.). Talk to a lung doc. ...Read more

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Does prednisone help people with pulmonary fibrosis and copd?

Does prednisone help people with pulmonary fibrosis and copd?

Occasionally: Corticosteroids for pulmonary fibrosis is mostly not helpful. Pts with nsip have shown a response to steroids. In COPD steroid pulses for acute worsening of function but should be weaned quickly. Long term steroids in COPD have not been beneficial. ...Read more

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Do doctors refer patients with COPD to the gym for exercise?

Do doctors refer patients with COPD to the gym for exercise?

COPD and Exercise : Supervised exercise programs can be very helpful for COPD patients. For severe disease, the exercise should be done in a formal pulmonary rehabilitation program. Milder disease may permit the exercise to be done at a gym but only if approved by the doctor. ...Read more

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Can hyperbaric chamber help a COPD patient?

Can hyperbaric chamber help a COPD patient?

Agree w Dr. Wyatt: I don't think i would clear a patient with COPD to go into a hyperbaric chamber due to risk of air trapping ; pneumothorax. COPD is not an approved indication for hyperbaric oxygen use. ...Read more

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Does pulmonary rehabilitation prolong life in people with copd?

Does pulmonary rehabilitation prolong life in people with copd?

It may: The data on longevity are weaker than the data supporting increased quality of life, fewer hospitalizations, and overall happiness. ...Read more

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Can running improve lung capacity and reduce asthma symptoms?

Can running improve lung capacity and reduce asthma symptoms?

Yes and no: Running improves stamina and lung function but is not an asthma treatment. Running can cause an asthma attack but can be prevented by use of an inhaler prior to running. ...Read more

Breathing (Definition)

Breathing is the way we take in oxygen and expel carbon dioxide (co2) through out lungs. When our lungs expand we take fresh air in that contains oxygen and then when our lungs ...Read more


Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (Copd) (Definition)

Also known as COPD, may include chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. Chronic bronchitis is the production of increased mucus caused by inflammation. ...Read more