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Copd In Infants
Shortness of breath: Typically, patients with COPD have shortness of breath, wheezing, and coughing. Fatigue, decreased energy, and decreased ability to do normal activities are also quite common. Sometimes, patients can get dizziness related to the shortness of breath. If you have these symptoms, definitely see a doctor. ...Read more
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
Not used for infants: There is a bpd, bronchopulmonary dysplasia that occurs in infants but I HAV never heard of the term COPD used in infants. ...Read more
Not sure...: I'm not sure I understand your question. COPD is not typically a disease diagnosed in infancy! There is a form of COPD, Alpha 1 antitrypsin deficiency, which is caused by an enzyme deficiency and can be diagnosed at an earlier age. But, this is usually not diagnosed in infancy but rather in early adulthood. Please ask the question again if I am misunderstanding it! ...Read more
Depends.....: It depends on the person's oxygen level more than anything else. If a person with COPD has a low oxygen level, then the baby will also have a low oxygen level and this is very dangerous to the developing fetus. See your doctor before getting pregnant so your individual risk can be assessed. Smoking cessation should be a goal and your doc can help with this as well, if still smoking. Good luck! ...Read more
Emphysema and Baby: I think the only one's that can answer that question are those providing care for you; those who know your pulmonary function results and how much lung capacity you have. All of us here would wish you the very best but none would inject speculation into your situation. ...Read more
Hypoxic?? .....: The most important issue is to be sure your oxygen level is adequate. Low oxygen levels would place both you and your baby at risk for complications including life-threatening complications. You should also be tested for alpha-1-anti trypsin deficiency, a form of COPD in younger patients. Smoking cessation is also necessary if you are smoking currently. ...Read more
Just had a pft and was told that I have small airway disease showing obstructions in my small airways. What does that mean? I.E. Asthma or COPD or something else? Born at 27.5 weeks and on vent as baby.
The most typical reason for "small airway" disease in someone young is asthma or viral infection. Prematures can also have chronic lung disease and it is possible for those changes to be permanent.
If you have asthma (and probably even if you have chronic lung disease from being premature) you can improve your lung function with appropriate therapy.
Pulmonary anti-inflammatory therapies are key. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
Treatments...: Copd, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is not curable but it is treatable. Smoking cessation is vital to decrease airway inflammation and slow disease progression. Other treatments include bronchodilator and steroid inhalers as well as oxygen therapy, if the systemic oxygen level is low enough to warrant it. ...Read more
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! ...Read more
No: At this time there is no cure. Lung transplant can be done and COPD will not return in the transplanted lung. If you have Alpha one antitrypsin deficiency you can give a patient back the missing enzyme through intravenous infusions. Otherwise smoking cessation is your best primary prevention. ...Read more
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