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Does prednisone help people with pulmonary fibrosis and copd?

Does prednisone help people with pulmonary fibrosis and copd?

Occasionally: Corticosteroids for pulmonary fibrosis is mostly not helpful. Pts with nsip have shown a response to steroids. In COPD steroid pulses for acute worsening of function but should be weaned quickly. Long term steroids in COPD have not been beneficial. ...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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Have pulmonary hypertension, pulmonary fibrosis, copd, with lupus,scleroderma,many complications. how long can you live with these lung issues?

Have pulmonary hypertension, pulmonary fibrosis, copd, with lupus,scleroderma,many complications. how long can you live with these lung issues?

MCTD: You mentioned you have scleroderma and SLE. You need to be seen by a lung doc if you have not seen one already. You conditions need a multi disciplinary approach with a rheumatologist/ pulmonary doc/ and a cardiologist. Most large teaching hospital have docs that have exp with such complex issues and may be your best bet. Best of luck. ...Read more

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Does bad air affect respiratory function in people with diseases like asthma or pulmonary fibrosis?

Does bad air affect respiratory function in people with diseases like asthma or pulmonary fibrosis?

Yes: People with chronic respiratory diseases should avoid heavily polluted air. Air quality alerts are issued for areas when there is a high concentration of pollution. These are usually reported on the local weather reports. In some instances, poor air quality can even cause chronic lung disease. For more information on this, go to the american lung association website. ...Read more

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Pulmonary fibrosis and severe emphysema copd, what to do?

Pulmonary fibrosis and severe emphysema copd, what to do?

Rehab: Emphysema and pulm fibrosis may coexist in some patients. Treatment is directed at each entity including bronchodilators, oxygen and steroids. Your age puts an additional option of lung transplant for progressive disease. ...Read more

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How much can a lung transplant help with cystic fibrosis?

How much can a lung transplant help with cystic fibrosis?

Can benefit some: Lung transplantation is an option when the medical regimen can not prevent further decline in end stage lung disease. The timing of the transplantation is important in maximizing the benefit of the transplant. The average survival at one year is around 90%, five years is approx 55% depending on the center. I hope that this helps. Prmg pediatrics/respiratory fax 858 259 9689 for ?S. ...Read more

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Does exercise help my pulmonary fibrosis?

Does exercise help my pulmonary fibrosis?

Yes: Exercise is an important part of the management of pulmonary fibrosis. There are specific programs known as pulmonary rehab, that incorporate exercise and oxygen therapy to help maintain your lung function. ...Read more

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Do people with pulmonary fibrosis cough up blood sometimes?

Do people with pulmonary fibrosis cough up blood sometimes?

Not usually...: Hemoptysis, coughing blood, is a serious symptom that always requires evaluation. The most common etiology is bronchitis but it can also indicate the presence of malignancy. Uncomplicated pulmonary fibrosis does not usually result in hemoptysis. Get evaluated by your doctor. ...Read more

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Is emphysema permanent? Can someone with emphysema improve?

Is emphysema permanent? Can someone with emphysema improve?

Permanent: There is no way to reverse emphysema as it is a structural loss of tissue that cannot be regrown. Symptoms can be treated with medication, but the underlying disease is progressive. ...Read more

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Do people with pulmonary fibrosis cough up blood occasionally?

Do people with pulmonary fibrosis cough up blood occasionally?

Not really...: Coughing blood, called hemoptysis, is a serious symptom which always requires an evaluation by a doctor. Possible causes include bronchitis, which is the usual reason for hemoptysis, but malignancy can also cause hemoptysis which is why an evaluation asap is crucial. If you are also short of breath, go to the nearest er today! ...Read more

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Does pulmonary rehabilitation prolong life in people with copd?

Does pulmonary rehabilitation prolong life in people with copd?

It may: The data on longevity are weaker than the data supporting increased quality of life, fewer hospitalizations, and overall happiness. ...Read more

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Does extra oxygen help with pulmonary htn?

Does extra oxygen help with pulmonary htn?

Primary: Pulmonary hypertension leads to hypoxia, but the oxy gen does not reverse that processs, but does stem the rate at which it would worsen. ...Read more

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Does lung transplant improve quality of life for people with cystic fibrosis?

Does lung transplant improve quality of life for people with cystic fibrosis?

Yes: Improvement in quality of life after double lung transplant can be dramatic. Most patients come off of oxygen and have much better quality of life by 6 months after transplant. The improvement after lung transplant can last a long time (years). ...Read more

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Why do patients with chronic bronchitis develop hypercapnia?

Why do patients with chronic bronchitis develop hypercapnia?

Emphysema: Chronic bronchitis is associated with emphysema which reduces gas exchange in the lungs leading to carbon dioxide retention and lower oxygen level. I trust you are under the care of a pulmonologist. ...Read more

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How do doctors treat a patient with both asthma and SVT with daily symptoms of chronic coughing and wheezing?

How do doctors treat a patient with both asthma and SVT with daily symptoms of chronic coughing and wheezing?

Good question : Asthma control needs a comprehensive evaluation, control of co-morbid conditions as rhino-sinustis, GERD, etc is important, adherence to treatment plan for controller medications, not including LABA, is needed, for breakthrough symptoms or asthma flares, levoalbuterol, which doesn't cause tachycardia, can be used for opening up the lower airways, the bronchi, regular follow-up is important ...Read more

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Does smoking weed help people with copd?

Does smoking weed help people with copd?

No: Copd, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is a progressive disease that makes it hard to breathe. Smoking cigarettes causes copd, and cigarette smokers who also smoke marijuana make their COPD even worse. Researchers are still uncertain how much COPD is caused by marijuana-smoking if the smokers never smoke cigarettes (maybe there aren't enough "marijuana-only" smokers to do research on). ...Read more

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How much caffeine does a human have to consume for it to improve lung function , and possibly decease asthma symptoms( for people with asthma )?

How much caffeine does a human have to consume for it to improve lung function , and possibly decease asthma symptoms( for people with asthma )?

None: Caffeine far treatment of asthma is not recommended. The best way to treat asthma is to prevent an exacerbation through use of pre-exercise albuterol or daily inhaled steroids if you are prescribed them by a doctor. ...Read more

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Copd with chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Is it possible to treat this?

Copd with chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Is it possible to treat this?

COPD Emphysema: Treatment consists of smoking cessation, bronchodilators, steroids, pulmonary rehab, oxygen therapy, management of exacerbation and surgery in selected cases. ...Read more

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Why are patients with asthma attacks told to breath with puckered lips?

Why are patients with asthma attacks told to breath with puckered lips?

Pursed lip breathing: What you are describing is called pursed lip breathing. It is a manuever that helps the airways stay open longer when someone is suffering from asthma or copd. ...Read more

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Does prednisone help people with pulmonary fibrosis and copd?

Occasionally: Corticosteroids for pulmonary fibrosis is mostly not helpful. Pts with nsip have shown a response to steroids. In COPD steroid pulses for acute worsening of function but should be weaned quickly. Long term steroids in COPD have not been beneficial. ...Read more

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I have SLE Lupus and pulmonary fibrosis. Is there a way to get rid of the cough. I use oxygen, take prednisone, cellcept, (mycophenolate mofetil) antimalarial meds.

I have SLE Lupus and pulmonary fibrosis. Is there a way to get rid of the cough. I use oxygen, take prednisone, cellcept, (mycophenolate mofetil) antimalarial meds.

Could not help much: I am sorry to tell unfortunately ,with the SLE and pulm. fibrosis bec. of the lung scarring you have this cough which couldn't be helped much . Supressing cough with medicines like codeine linctus help in heart failure patients ,but in ur case ,should not precipitate infections by suppressing cough. If you are on medicatio like lisinopril for HTN/kidney dz from lupus , it can also contribute ...Read more

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I was told I have severe pulmonary fibrosis and COPD on 24hr oxygen live at 5200ft. Should i move ?

I was told I have severe pulmonary fibrosis and COPD on 24hr oxygen live at 5200ft. Should i move   ?

Depends on your sats: If your oxygen levels / saturations on oxygen are greater than 90% at rest, with activity, and with sleep, you should not need to move to, a lower altitude. ...Read more

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Pulmonary fibrosis and severe emphysema copd, what to do?

Rehab: Emphysema and pulm fibrosis may coexist in some patients. Treatment is directed at each entity including bronchodilators, oxygen and steroids. Your age puts an additional option of lung transplant for progressive disease. ...Read more

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What to do if I have pulmonary fibrosis and severe emphysema copd?

See your doctor : You have 2 conditions which can both cause similar symptoms of shortness of breath & exercise limitation. It is important to see your doctor to find out why you have these diseases at a young age and to treat the underlying causes of both. Also, it's important to figure out specifically which type of pulmonary fibrosis you have because treatments can differ and lung transplant may be an option. ...Read more

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Can silent reflux cause can acid reflux cause pulmonary fibrosis or COPD orlung cancer ?

Can silent reflux cause can acid reflux cause pulmonary fibrosis or COPD orlung cancer ?

Not usually: Acid reflux affects the esophagus and, at times, the upper respiratory passage(larynx, trachea) but i wouldn't expect pulmonary fibrosis or lung cancer as complications. If you have reflux, see your md for treatment and dietary advice in order to protect your esophagus from chronic changes. ...Read more

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I've been told I have pulmonary fibrosis. Is this copd? What is the prognosis and/or treatment? I had a stroke 7 years ago.

Different: Fibrosis is not copd, although they may exist together in some people. There are different varieties of fibrosis, so evaluation by your healthcare provider is needed to determine your prognosis and treatment. ...Read more

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I was told I have pulmonary fibrosis severe and COPD on 24hr oxygen. I live at 5200ft, should I move to 970ft?

Maybe: You would probably lower your oxygen requirements. At 5000 feet the amount of oxygen available to you is almost 1/3 less than is available at sea level. ...Read more

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I am overseas and have a diagnosis of COPD and pulmonary fibrosis by two doctors in the same clinic withct scan, X-ray and spirometry. Should I take a secondopinion in the us?

I am overseas and have a diagnosis of COPD and pulmonary fibrosis by two doctors in the same clinic withct scan, X-ray and spirometry. Should I take a secondopinion in the us?

Treatment...: Both COPD and pulmonary fibrosis can be diagnosed by the doctors via the tests that you describe. So, the diagnosis is likely correct and is unlikely to change by having these tests repeated in the us. The etiology of the pulmonary fibrosis should be sought, if possible, so it can be treated before more scarring occurs, if possible. COPD treatment, including smoking cessation, is also needed. ...Read more

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I hve breathlessness on very mild activity X-ray and pft are normal echo ECG normal, I am worrying for pulmonary fibrosis or COPD can LPR cause breat?

I hve breathlessness on very mild activity X-ray and pft are normal echo ECG normal, I am worrying for pulmonary fibrosis or COPD can LPR cause breat?

Not: If your pft and cxr are normal, COPD and pf have been ruled out. Other tests to consider are: cbc, tsh, and bnp. If all normal, consider a fitness program. Anxiety can also cause marked breathlessness if this applies to you. ...Read more

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Have pulmonary hypertension, pulmonary fibrosis, copd, with lupus,scleroderma,many complications. how long can you live with these lung issues?

MCTD: You mentioned you have scleroderma and SLE. You need to be seen by a lung doc if you have not seen one already. You conditions need a multi disciplinary approach with a rheumatologist/ pulmonary doc/ and a cardiologist. Most large teaching hospital have docs that have exp with such complex issues and may be your best bet. Best of luck. ...Read more

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My father is diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, copd, polycythemia and cronic asthmatic bronchitis. Is he a candidate for lung transplant?

My father is diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, copd, polycythemia and cronic asthmatic bronchitis. Is he a candidate for lung transplant?

Lung transplant: Other factors are considered too, as age, general health, other chronic diseases, the original lung disease and whether it can recur in the transplanted lung, your father needs to be evaluated in a tertiary care hospital, either a university or a teaching hospital, better if they have a transplant program, wish you wellness ...Read more

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Do people with pulmonary fibrosis cough up blood sometimes?

Not usually...: Hemoptysis, coughing blood, is a serious symptom that always requires evaluation. The most common etiology is bronchitis but it can also indicate the presence of malignancy. Uncomplicated pulmonary fibrosis does not usually result in hemoptysis. Get evaluated by your doctor. ...Read more

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Do people with pulmonary fibrosis cough up blood occasionally?

Not really...: Coughing blood, called hemoptysis, is a serious symptom which always requires an evaluation by a doctor. Possible causes include bronchitis, which is the usual reason for hemoptysis, but malignancy can also cause hemoptysis which is why an evaluation asap is crucial. If you are also short of breath, go to the nearest er today! ...Read more

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Can pulmonary fibrosis reduce peak flow?

Can pulmonary fibrosis reduce peak flow?

Usually not.: Because the elasticity of the lung is increased, peak flow typically increases rather than decreases. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Namey
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Prednisone (Definition)

Prednisone is a synthetic cortisone. The body makes cortisone, a natural hormone made in adrenal glands. The body converts it to Hydrocortisone to become active. 25 mg of cortisone has about same effect as 5 mgm prednisone. The average person would produce 3-6 mg of pred daily. So why use a substitute? The synthetic has more anti-inflammatory effect; but has less effect ...Read more


Dr. Aaron Milstone
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Pulmonary Fibrosis (Definition)

A lung condition in which there is progressive scarring of the lung tissue. Symptoms include shortness of breath, chest pain, fatigue, ...Read more