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If I have copd, why does one cocktail (alcohol) seem to relax my breathing?

If I have copd, why does one cocktail (alcohol) seem to relax my breathing?

Dulls sensation...: Alcohol is a depressant so it dulls your perception of shortness of breath in your brain. You may feel less short of breath but may actually be hypoventilating which could lead to further increases in carbon dioxide. So, you need to be very careful w/alcohol use. ...Read more

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

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, otherwise known as 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 for most days three months out of the year, two years in a row. Emphysema is a disease that damages the air sacs or the smallest breathing tubes in the lungs. COPD is commonly associated with smoking. ...Read more


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I have copd, can I drink alcohol or will it cause me to have shortage of breath?

I have copd, can I drink alcohol or will it cause me to have shortage of breath?

Probably will ...: Eating carbohydrates, or drinking alcohol or sugary drinks requires the body to use more oxygen during their digestion than for proteins or fats. This causes someone to breathe a little more deeply, however having COPD will make this difficult and feel like shortness of breath. ...Read more

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What kind of breathing exercises would you recommend for someone with copd?

What kind of breathing exercises would you recommend for someone with copd?

Pulmonary rehab: If it is available many communities offer a program called pulmonary rehab. This is a graded exercise program suprevised by trained respiratory and physical therapists and in some cases physicians. COPD patients are also educated in specific breathing techniques and about their disease in general. It seems patients who go through the program do overall better. ...Read more

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Does the hops in beer cause people with COPD to have breathing trouble?

Calories: It's the calories in beer that may cause trouble breathing. When the carbohydrates in beer are metabolized, there is more CO2 production in the blood sysytem. Therefore, high levels of C02 stimulates the brain's respiratory center to increase the rate of breathing. Thus, shortness of breath occurs. ...Read more

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What is best sitting position to help w/breathing if I have COPD emphysema?

What is best sitting position to help w/breathing if I have COPD emphysema?

Maximize lift: Leaning slightly forward, palms resting on the knees, head slightly bent, lips pursed, fast breath in, slow and prolonged exhaling. The goal is to get the respiratory muscles including neck muscles, in the best position for maximal lift, and empty out the lungs as much as possible to make room for more air coming in. ...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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How often will I need a breathing treatment for COPD spasms?

Treatment copd spasm: It all depends on what inhaled meds you are using.If you are using 12 hour inhalers which contain steroids and long term bronchodilaters and spirive by inhalation once a day, then you can use atrovent (ipratropium) and albuterol(duoneb) every 4 to 6 hours only as a rescue for the spasms if needed. ...Read more

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Many people i know with copd have more trouble with their breathing, when they quit smoking. Why is that?

Many people i know with copd  have more trouble with their breathing,  when they quit smoking. Why is that?

Lungs start to work: one of the side effects of smoking is poor clearance of mucus from the respiratory system. Many long time smokers who quit (the right thing to do) will get a lot of coughing as their lungs wake up and get rid of all that junk that has been sitting there for ages... It gets better and the lungs can recover from the smoking with time. ...Read more

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Can coffee cause dehydration . My friend has COPD . And has a hard time breathing and always wants coffee . It this good for him ?

Probably not , but: Though coffee (the caffeine) is a diuretic, the amount he needs to drink for dehydration is very high. However, complicating this would be walking or exercising in hot weather without drinking water. Another issue may be that he is taking water pills which would only add to dehydration possibilities. ...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


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