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Differences Between Emphysema And Chronic Bronchitis
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
Emphysema and chronic bronchitis are two conditions termed COPD or chronic obstuctive pulmonary (lung)disease. Emphysema is long term progressive disease which causes shortness of breath. The tissue necessary to suppot sructure of the lung is destroyed
chronic bronchis is chronic inflammation of bronchi which causes cough and sputum production at least for three months in two successive years. ...Read more
Different symptoms: While chronic lung disease can have both these components one will usually dominate the picture - bronchitics will have lots of trouble with infections and mucus clearing and cough - emphamatous folk will have more shortness of breath/discomfort, and are more likely to have barrel chests, retain carbon dioxide and need oxygen therapy. ...Read more
Varies: Both chronic bronchitis and emphysema are chronic, progressive diseases that respond favorably to smoking cessation. However, how an individual sufferer will do is best predicted by knowing family and smoking history, severity of the lung disease, how the disease has affected th heart, the patients overall conditioning, etc. ...Read more
Difference...: Both diseases are forms of COPD but they are quite different. Chronic bronchitis has a chronic productive cough whereas emphysema patients tend to not produce as much sputum. See your doctor who will be able to diagnose which one you have, if any. Both diseases are caused usually by smoking. ...Read more
What is the difference between the 2 types of COPD (chronic bronchitis and emphysema)? And which is worse?
There isn't any: In practice, although there are in theory. PURE emphysema involves only the small air sacs, which become less capable of diffusing oxygen into the bloodstream and clearing carbon dioxide, enlarge and coalesce with othrs. Pure bronchitis inflames and narrows the smaller air passages so that oxygen/CO2 can't get through. Most patients have BOTH of these processes, though one may predominate. Both bad ...Read more
Difference...: Asthma is characterized by recurrent, reversible airway obstruction. Emphysema and chronic bronchitis are both forms of COPD and are characterized by irreversible airway obstruction usually caused by smoking. Now, COPD patients can also have a reversible airway obstruction component and asthmatics can develop an irreversible component over time so there is overlap in this definition. ...Read more
Is chronic bronchitis contagious? My uncle has chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Can I catch bronchitis from him? .
Anesthetized patients with chronic bronchitis and emphysema and what complications expected to occur during anesthesia and surgical work and what are?
Which of these are restrictive: obstructive pulmonary diseases are asthma, chronic bronchitis and emphysema?
Restriction: Airway "obstruction" refers to limitation of air flow through the airways. "restriction" refers to processes that keep the lungs from opening fully when you inhale. Restriction can result from fibrosis, or thickening, of the lung as with diseases like idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. It can even be from something as simple as obesity or muscle weakness that keeps you from breathing deeply. ...Read more
What to do if I know obstructive pulmonary diseases are asthma, chronic bronchitis and emphysema but what are the restrictive ones?
See below: Exam question? The interstitial lung diseases (there are many) like Interstitial pneumonias from collagen vascular disease or idiopathic, Bronchiolitis Obliterans Organizing Pneumonia (BOOP), Respiratory Bronchiolitis Associated Interstitial Lung Disease (RBILD), Drug induced lung disease; also Obesity, Pregnancy, and Cirrhosis with ascites. Many others. ...Read more
? Over the counter medicine can you take for a cold or allergy's if you have emphysema or chronic bronchitis and heart mummer what over-the-counter med for cold and allergy male 57 emphysema chronic bronchitis and heart mummer can't tak
Talk to YOUR doctor: If you have emphysema/bronchitis, you need a physician with experience in treating pulmonary diseases, and should probably be on a number of medications, including regular inhalers to improve pulmonary function, and acute "rescue" inhalers for sudden symptoms. There are other meds as well. What otc meds you take depends on your other meds, blood pressure etc, and cause of heart murmur. See md. ...Read more
Smoking.,: The most common cause for both diseases is cigarette smoking. By either avoiding smoking or quitting if you do smoke, you reduce your chances of getting these diseases. See your doctor if you need help to quit. ...Read more
Chronic cough: COPD is chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is an umbrella diagnosis that includes emphysema, and chronic bronchitis, some people also include asthma. In chronic bronchitis, there is chronic inflammation of the bronchial tubes resulting in cough and phlegm production. The most common cause is smoking. ...Read more
History and test: History of smoking is very important. A good physical exam and history is a must. The actual diagnosis is made on the above and simple spirometry. Full pulmonary function test are good as well. COPD is a catch all diagnosis as well. One can have asthma/chronic bronchitis/emphysema and be called copd. Need to follow up with md. ...Read more
I have been diagnosed with cardiomyopathy, bbb, copd, chronic bronchitis and glaucoma, all symptoms effect my life should I seek disability?
Maybe: If you cannot work due these conditions, then you should apply for disability. Otherwise, you should work. ...Read more
With chronic bronchitis or copd, what is the color & texture is the mucous or secretions from the lungs?
I've been diagnosed with both chronic bronchitis and asthma and was wondering what the early signs of COPD are? My asthma has been gradually worsening
Quit smoking: Even a single cigarette would impact your lung adversely so that's one thing you must do right now. The early sign of COPD is that your airway obstruction has become irreversible but I think you are still at an age when stopping smoking may reverse the trend. Smoking also reduces your airway's response to inhaled steroid as well. Quit and you'll be glad that you did. ...Read more
Wha bacteria produces a yellow green sputum in a COPD patient and/or exacerbate chronic bronchitis?
See below: Strep, staph, hemophilus, moraxella, pseudomonas, mycoplasma, chlamydophila would be the most common. They are usually covered by the commonly used antibiotics for outpatient treatment. ...Read more
I was prescribed benzonatate just after a breathing treatment for copd chronic bronchitis. Is this safe for me?
RAD V COPD: YES IT IS: COPD TX has many layers :LONG ACTING INHALERS/SHORT ACTING INHALERS/benzoate/SINGULAIR. COPD is unusual in an non smoker under 50. Make sure they evaluate you for alpha1 antitrypsin deficiency /pulmonary hypertension/pulmonary fibrosis/sarcoidosis. You need a full exam labs CT of chest. PFTS with DLCO AND POTENTIALLY lung bronchoscopy with biopsy. By pulmonary consult. ...Read more
I've had bronchitis for about two weeks now and would like to know the difference between acute and chronic bronchitis? I'm a smoker but quit before
Your bronchitis: Is considered acute. The cough from acute bronchitis can last up to a month. If it goes on longer, please get re-checked by your doctor. Chronic bronchitis would last much longer, but also be recurrent...several months each year, for longer time period. If you quit smoking and stick with it, you will hopefully avoid chronic bronchitis and even worse lung disease! ...Read more
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