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Could Emphysema And Copd Continue To Progress After You Stop Smoking For 40 Years
Usually not, but...: Once you stop smoking, the destruction from the smoking stops. But, the decline in lung function does not. Everyone loses lung function with aging. But those who have COPD may lose that function at a faster rate, even if they stop smoking. Does that mean they should continue to smoke? No! ...Read more
Quitting smoking is the single most important decision smokers can make to improve their health. Preparing a quit-smoking plan and enlisting support from your doctor and your loved ones can greatly improve your chances of success. Your doctor can help you decide if over-the-counter or prescription medications can help. Pick a quit day a few weeks ahead and put it on your calendar. Plan how you're going deal with situations that make you want to smoke. Take advantage of support from family, friends, and co-workers, and consider joining a smoking cessation program so that you don't ...Read more
It's possible: It's possible but not certain. If stopping smoking helps your mucus production and bronchospasm that would help and if exercise resulted in significant weight loss that might help but if most of the hypoxia was related to emphysema then those interventions might not make much difference in oxygen levels. Best to quit smoking either way though to avoid cancer and disease progression. ...Read more
My husband is in his last stage of COPD also a alcoholic and won't stop smoking or drinking and is making my life crazy won't take anything for the pai?
check with doc asap.
Yes: COPD is caused by the accumulated damage created by exposure of the lungs to the toxins in cigarette smoke. If smoking is stopped, no new damage occurs and some old damage can heal. However, just like with the skin, sometimes scarring is left behind which can leave permanent changes. Damage that is not yet "scarred" can often heal. The sooner the smoking stops, the better. ...Read more
Yes, and yes yes: Stopping smoking is the surest way to slow the progression of the disease and increase both quality of life and the number of years that your brother may live. There are many methods to quit smoking - the most successful include medications plus a cessation intervention that focuses on behavior and social support. Your local physician should have information on both. ...Read more
If you are on oxygen because you have COPD can you get off oxygen if you exercise and stop smoking?
I have COPD and early Emphysema, I just quit smoking and was wondering will my breathing get better over time?
Yes...: COPD is a slowly progressive disease that has no cure. So, over time, your condition will slowly get worse. There are treatments that will control symptoms, however, so see your doctor. Smoking cessation is important to slow disease progression so congrats on quitting! Follow your doctor's treatment plan to control your symptoms! ...Read more
What to do if I have recently been diagnosis with COPD and I quit smoking over 10 years ago, how ironicstage 2?
See you md: COPD can progress even once one quits smoking. With normal aging lung function declines, so even then someone quit smoking years later one get develope signficant copd. Also given you age of 31, I would be concerned for a condition called Alpha 1 Antitrypsin deficiancy. This is a genetic condition that can cause accelerate copd. ...Read more
Not now but...: It deoends on your smoking exposure. Don't touch the evil weed again ever. See a pulmonologist. Stay off of it. It is poison! ...Read more
Yes: Yes but at a slower rate (approx 1 tablespoon of lost lung function per year). ...Read more
My sis has bad COPD and continues to smoke. What could happen to her if she doesn't quit smoking?
I am on blood thinners and have copd. I Have to quit smoking and I am having surgery. I have some unused patches that have exp date of July 2017.Is i?
Yes: You will see improvement in your COPY after you stop smoking. ...Read more
I have recently been diagnosed with COPD and I still smoke. Is it too late to quit smoking now that my lungs are already damaged?
COPD: No, this is what you should be doing and it is one of the few things that could prolong your life. Quit now! ...Read more
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
My mom has stage 4 COPD she quit smoking and is 52 no other health problems. How long does she have? Her oxygen is 94 with out oxygen.
Cancer: I'm sorry to hear that but only god or the powers at be know that answer. She is young and that's a plus. :) ...Read more
Recently quit smoking waking w noc asthma attacks-coughing up clear bubbly phlegm-otherwise young healthy active female. COPD? Cause for alarm?
Unlikely: COPD takes years to develop so this is probably not that. This is probably combination of allergies and poorly controlled asthma. I suggest follow up with your doctor so that you get proper inhalers and perhaps pulmonary function tests to gauge severity of asthma. Congrats on stopping smoking! ...Read more
My husband has COPD and refuses to quit smoking. His doctor has recommended Mucinex (guaifenesin) d. Are there any serious side effects from long term use of Mucinex (guaifenesin) d?
28 yo. Quit smoking two weeks ago. Tight chest. Pft nov Fvc 79 fev1 98% pft feb Fvc 110 fev1 115. Fev1/Fvc 83%. Both have low pef. Copd? Asthma?
Hard to tell,: With those findings, further testing is needed. Unlikely to be COPD, given your age, please keep the follow up with your doctor / pulmonologist for continuity of care and better management, take medicines as prescribed, good luck ...Read more
Do I have copd?! emphysema? Almost 25. Wheezing. I'm quitting smoking after 8 years. Sob. History of anxiety. Cough that tastes bad. Doc says reflux
Unlikely: Not after 8 years, even 2 packs/day.Nicotine withdrawal slows gut=>constipation=>reflux which causes wheezing. Also, healing lungs eject retained smoky mucous from deep down that tastes bad ; increases wheeze. Anxiety worsens, too. If it helps, it all happened to me when I quit 2 packs/day for 9yrs. It's temporary. Drink lots of fluids, rest. Treat wheezing/reflux if needed. You're so worth it. ...Read more
Does smoking directly cause lung scarring? Quit after 25 years mild scarring left low lobe no asthma or COPD what is probability scarring will stop?
Scar is permanent: Scars are generally permanent. Smoking causes injury which goes on to heal with scar. Given the level of anxiety that you re experiencing over this condition, I would recommend that you schedule a consultation with a pulmonologist to fully answer your questions and allay your fears. ...Read more
Quit smoking dec. 2012. Had a few cigs in between. Total pack years is 23. What are my risks of lung cancer in my 40's? 50's? 60's? Currently have wheezing, 3yrs ago pulm. Told me have early emphysema.
My mother recently found it she has emphysema, and she has been smoking cigarettes for 40 years. She is trying to quit smoking, so she is now smoking e-cigarettes. Are these any safer than a regular cigarette? Can they cause fungal infections in the lungs
E cigarettes: E cigarettes are not really more safe than regular cigarettes, they just don't have all the same particulates in their smoke. ...Read more
Quit smoking 12/9/12, 23 pack years. Occasionally still bring up brown speckled phlegm. Most times it is clear. Chest xray normal. Mild emphysema. Normal?
My lungs are damaged from cancer treatment 12 years ago, Been smoking cigs for 9, my asthma treatment has not been helping lately could it be copd?
I m only 29 n suspect I have copd. Am I too young to get it? Smoking about 10 years but only social for the first 5
See your doc/ tests: Can't tell without a good exam and maybe some pulmonary function tests. The good news is - if you quit now, in 10 years your lungs are generally considered "back to normal". Please try to cut back and/or quit... It will only be harder later if you go nothing now. Good luck! ...Read more
Unless your lungs are very sensitive to the harmful effects of cigarette smoke, it is quite unlikely to develop COPD after 2 years of smoking.
That said, I would quit smoking even if you have been smoking for 2 hours. It is harmful, dangerous, and causes a whole host of health problems.
And...It is expensive. ...Read more
Copd, I have been diagnosed with COPD and it was attributed to my smoking over 20 years ago. I thought your lungs recovered over time?
Sorry: Unfortunately the lung does not recover and our lung function will deteriorate with aging whether you're a smoker or not. ...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
Smoking any tobacco product is harmful to your baby, including "light" cigarettes, cigars (and marijuana). Like any addiction, quitting tobacco is difficult, especially if you are acting alone. Most smokers find it hard to break all the habits or ties they've built into their lives around smoking. Quitting smoking does reduce a number of ...Read more
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