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What is copd?

What is copd?

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 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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What is copd?

What is copd?

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 more

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What is copd?

What is copd?

COPD: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. This is a condition that is frequently caused by smoking. ...Read more

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What is copd?

What is copd?

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 more

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What causes copd?

What causes copd?

Smoking: The vast majority of cases of COPD are caused by smoking. In some cases, long standing asthma an turn into copd. ...Read more

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How is COPD treated?

How is COPD treated?

Inhalers: First, smokers should quit smoking. A number of inhalers are used. There are controlling medications to be taken daily and rescue inhalers to be taken only when needed. For more details, check with your doctor. ...Read more

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Can COPD cause pain?

Can COPD cause pain?

Possibly from: Persistent coughing could get chest muscle pain --see pcp for ck up. ...Read more

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How can I treat copd?

How can I treat copd?

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 more

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Can COPD be reversed?

Can COPD be reversed?

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 more

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How is COPD diagnosed?

How is COPD diagnosed?

PFT: A pulmonary function test or spirometry is needed to diagnose copd. X-rays alone are not enough. Medical history is also important. ...Read more

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Who can diagnose copd?

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 more

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What're COPD symptoms?

Symptoms...: COPD symptoms include shortness of breath either with activity or at rest, cough either productive of sputum or non-productive. Symptoms can also include weight loss and malaise. Symptoms typically occur after a significant smoking history. See your doctor for testing if you think you may have this incurable disease. ...Read more

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How can I help my copd?

See a pulmonologist: Don't smoke. Use inhalers to help with symptoms. Get vaccinated for influenza each year. See a pulmonologist if moderate or severe symptoms. ...Read more

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Does copd ever go away?

COPD IS CHRONIC: COPD does not resolve. It can and does decompensate with acute bronchitis, bronchospasm, heavy mucus, wheezing, shortness of breath, and pneumonia, and these resolve with proper treatments. But the chronic emphysema changes and the chronic bronchial changes do not disappear. Some aspects can improve, but scarring and narrowing of bronchi and bullae do not improve. ...Read more

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Can you have COPD at 33?

Can you have COPD at 33?

Yes but...: Yes but see your pulmonolgist for further testing. You may have asthma that is worsened by smoking. If you truly have COPD then further testing to look for potential alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency would be important. ...Read more

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Does COPD cause clubbing?

Not necessarily: Clubbing is associated to many conditions and not only to copd. Chronic hypoxemia, hyerostosis caused by hyperparathyroidism, cardiac congenital disorders and other conditions may cause it. ...Read more

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Will qigong help my copd?

Will qigong help my copd?

Probably: Qigong are simple age old chinese exercises intending to improve general flexibility and well being of the individual. It is also supposed to improve cardiovascular and respiratory health. It is also called chinese yoga. ...Read more

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When is COPD an emergency?

Labored breathing: Many patients with COPD will have some difficulty breathing, particularly during exertion- this is part of the disease and to be expected. If breathing becomes labored, especially at rest, the patient should be evaluated quickly by a doctor as they may not be able to maintain the level of effort required to continue breathing at this level for long. ...Read more

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Having a flare up of copd?

Having a flare up of copd?

See your physician: A COPD exacerbation can be an emergency. I would highly recommend seeing your doctor and getting on appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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Why COPD is worse for women?

Why COPD is worse for women?

We don't know why: It is true that COPD is more common in women than men who smoked, but it is not clear why. We don't know if it is the kind of cigarettes smoked, the amount smoked, if it is genetic/related to hormones.... It is under investigation, but (as we don't know why COPD happens) we are a ways from an answer. ...Read more

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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