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Could you have emphysema without coughing?

Could you have emphysema without coughing?

Yes: In the early stages, you can compensate for emphysema and have no symptoms at all. Later on, you may just have shortness of breath and fatigue without much coughing. Check yourself or your loved one, there is evidence that with early treatment the progression of emphysema may be slowed down. ...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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Could my cough get progressively worse if I have emphysema?

Could my cough get progressively worse if I have emphysema?

Possibly: Cough is one of several disabling symptoms in emphysema but is not usually life threatening. A number of remedies are available. ...Read more

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Could his cough and shortness of breath and raspyness possibly be emphysema?

Could his cough and shortness of breath and raspyness possibly be emphysema?

Yes: Emphysema can present with all of these symptoms. To start to make the diagnosis one needs a chest xray and pulmonary function tests. ...Read more

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How can I suppress my cough if I have emphysema?

How can I suppress my cough if I have emphysema?

See below: Treat your emphysema the best way that your doctor suggests. Quit smoking if you haven't done so already. Avoid respiratory irritants such as smoke, dust, fumes, strong smells including perfume and fresh flowers and fast changes in temperature. Look for other causes of cough with your doctor. If everything else is eliminated, get stronger cough medicine. ...Read more

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Is there something you can do for the terrible cough associated with emphysema?

Is there something you can do for the terrible cough associated with emphysema?

Treatments...: Possible treatments include bronchodilator and steroid inhalers. The most important thing you can do is to quit smoking. Your doctor can help with this. ...Read more

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Can you have emphysema without a cough/and phlegm?.

Can you have emphysema without a cough/and phlegm?.

Lungs: Good question. You can. Sometimes the only symptom is a cough or shortness of breath. See a pulmonologist for a check up and breathing tests ...Read more

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I have COPD emphysema i cough up thick greenish sometimes clear mucus but always with brown flecks in it what is it n is it normal?

I have COPD emphysema i cough up thick greenish sometimes clear mucus but always with brown flecks in it what is it n is it normal?

COPD: is an obstructive airway disease. there is air trapping and your lungs cannot express mucus as well as normal lungs. Mucus production, ( even with different colors) is not abnormal. If you start having fevers or chills or increased Shortness of breath, see your doctor. Try your best to stop smoking altogether. ...Read more

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Does a person in the final stages of emphysema ever cough up lung tissue?

No: That doesn't happen. Patients may cough up mucus/phlegm but not really lung tissue. Lung cancer patients, on the other hand, may cough up blood or little pieces of their cancer if that is in their airways, same with throat/head and neck cancer. ...Read more

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Emphysema (Definition)

Emphysema is a lung disease caused by destruction of lung tissue--specifically the alveoli, which are the smallest sac-like units of the lung responsible for oxygen exchange. It is characterized by shortness of breath, an expanded chest, and possible signs of low oxygen in the body such as bluish ...Read more


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Cough (Definition)

Coughing is an important way to keep your throat and airways clear. However, excessive coughing may mean you have an underlying disease or disorder. Some coughs are dry, while others are considered productive. A productive cough is one ...Read more