copd

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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. Common day-to-day COPD symptoms
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what is copd?

COPD

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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. This is a condition that is frequently caused by smoking.
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What is COPD?

Lung disease.

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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.
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What is COPD?

Lung disease

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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.
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What causes COPD?

Smoking

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The vast majority of cases of COPD are caused by smoking. In some cases, long standing asthma an turn into COPD.
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Is COPD contagious?

No

COPD stands for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. It has 2 common forms - emphysema and chronic bronchitis. The most common cause by far is smoking. Sometimes it can be caused by environmental exposures and uncommonly it can come from genetic factors. COPD is characterized by prolonged or difficult exhalation and when more severe can lead to low oxygen levels in the body. DON'T SMOKE !
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Can copd cause pain?

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persistent coughing could get chest muscle pain --see pcp for ck up
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How is COPD treated?

Inhalers

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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.
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Can copd be reversed?

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While the underlying damage caused by cigarettes cannot be reversed, COPD symptoms can be greatly improved with current treatments.
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How can I treat copd?

Stop smoking...

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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.
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C.o.p.d? homeo remedy

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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a complicated yet treatable illness in both allopathy and homeopathy. However, hundreds of homeopathic medicines might be helpful to a person with COPD. This means individualized treatment with an trained homeopath is needed, so that your unique totality of symptoms can be considered in the prescription. Follow-up would be long-term, not magic.
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