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What is the cause of emphysema in men?

What is the cause of emphysema in men?

Smoking: Smoking, smoking and smoking. Then there are genetic causes like alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency and rarely occupational exposures. In some parts of the world open pit charcoal burning can cause emphysema. ...Read more

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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What can be initial signs of emphysema?

What can be initial signs of emphysema?

Emphysema : The elasticity of the lung is impaired in emphysema reducing the patient's ability to exhale resulting in wheezing and shortness of breath. Early symptoms may also include daily cough particularly in the morning. Recurrent episodes of bronchitis can occur as the disease progresses. Severe emphysema can also cause low oxygen levels, heart failure, and death. ...Read more

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Ok i've got emphysema. What should I do?

Ok i've got emphysema. What should I do?

Stop smoking: If you smoke, stop now. There are many medications which help reduce the symptoms of emphysema (copd). You should consult with your doctor about which regimens are appropriate for you. You may require supplemental oxygen. Pulmonary rehab programs are very helpful. Stay away from other smokers and dusty environments. ...Read more

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Are there any pills that help emphysema?

Are there any pills that help emphysema?

Yes: The best medications for emphysema, or copd, are inhaled; however, there is a newly approved oral medication called Daliresp (roflumilast) that has been shown to decrease the number of COPD flares. This won't work when you are wheezing or short of breath, but it should reduce the number of flares you have by about 15%. Talk to your doctor to see if this is a good option for you. ...Read more

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What are the usual symptoms of emphysema?

Usual symptoms...: Usual symptoms of emphysema include shortness of breath, decreased blood oxygen level, decreased appetite, decreased ability to sleep, decreased activity level, cough, wheezing, weight loss, etc. The diagnosis is made by seeing chronic obstruction on pulmonary function tests, which can occur without any symptoms. ...Read more

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How should I help my husband's emphysema?

Stop smoking: First remove the cause by stopping smoking. Get on medications that improve breathing. Keep clear of second hand smoke and dusty environments. Wash your hands frequently to prevent infection and make sure he gets his vaccines. ...Read more

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Could you have emphysema without coughing?

Could you have emphysema without coughing?

Yes: In the early stages, you can compensate for emphysema and have no symptoms at all. Later on, you may just have shortness of breath and fatigue without much coughing. Check yourself or your loved one, there is evidence that with early treatment the progression of emphysema may be slowed down. ...Read more

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If my skin is turning blue, is this emphysema?

If my skin is turning blue, is this emphysema?

Heart, lung or other: If your lips and nail beds turn blue, you may be having problems getting enough oxygen from your lungs, or blood circulated properly. If it is one limb that is turning blue, then ou may have a problem with the circulation to that limb. Either way, if this is suddenly new, you need medical attention immediately. ...Read more

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Can you tell me the implications of having emphysema?

Emphysema : The elasticity of the lung is impaired in emphysema reducing the patient's ability to exhale resulting in wheezing and shortness of breath. Severe emphysema can also cause low oxygen levels, heart failure, and death. ...Read more

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Emphysema (Definition)

Emphysema is a lung disease caused by destruction of lung tissue--specifically the alveoli, which are the smallest sac-like units of the lung responsible for oxygen exchange. It is characterized by shortness of breath, an expanded chest, and possible signs of low oxygen in the body such as bluish ...Read more


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