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Dr. Hesham Hassaballa Dr. Hassaballa
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
18 years in practice
Rush Medical College
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What symptoms do people with COPD usually have?

What symptoms do people with COPD usually have?

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.

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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


Dr. Robert Kwok Dr. Kwok
Pediatrics
29 years in practice
Baylor College of Medicine
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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).

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Dr. Richard Williams Dr. Williams
Pharmacy
14 years in practice
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences/UAMS College of Medicine
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Does smoking weed make COPD worse?

Does smoking weed make COPD worse?

The smoke itself: Inhaling particles in the smoke itself may contribute to COPD exacerbations and will probably irritate your lungs just like tobacco smoke.

Dr. Albert Pizzo Dr. Pizzo
Family Medicine
56 years in practice
McGill University Faculty of Medicine
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My boyfriend is 55 and has copd. He is having a hard time quiting smoking. What can he do to have some energy?

My boyfriend is 55 and has copd. He is having a hard time quiting smoking. What can he do to have some energy?

Copd: Stopping smoking will eventually help him. He should see his doctor about getting into the best health possible. Living a healthy life style is important. Your support is vital. There is no reason that making love should be withheld as this promotes well being.

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Dr. Kausik Kar Dr. Kar
Internal Medicine
20 years in practice
University of Calcutta Medical College
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Would it be unusual to see COPD develop in an otherwisr healthy 43 year old male, with a 12-pack-year history of smoking? I have a quit plan in place.

Would it be unusual to see COPD develop in an otherwisr healthy 43 year old male, with a 12-pack-year history of smoking? I have a quit plan in place.

About time: To quit smoking and a great start if you have a quit plan in place. With 12 pack years of smoking you will start having lung damage with certain risk factors. Not on COPD but think of lung cancer and cancer at other sites as well. Quit when you can still undo lot of the damage.

Dr. Peter Hahn Dr. Hahn
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
20 years in practice
Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
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Is smoking the only cause of copd?

Is smoking the only cause of copd?

No: There are many causes. Use of biofuels is a major cause of COPD in less developed countries. There is certainly data showing a relationship with COPD and air pollution.

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Dr. Sue Ferranti Dr. Ferranti
Internal Medicine
25 years in practice
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Does smoking make COPD more common?

Does smoking make COPD more common?

Yes...: COPD is typically caused by smoking so smokers are at an increased risk of developing copd. Smoking cessation will decrease this risk so see your doctor for help with smoking cessation.

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Dr. Peter Hahn Dr. Hahn
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
20 years in practice
Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
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What else causes copd? Other than smoking.

What else causes copd? Other than smoking.

Biofuels: Burning biofuels is a significant cause of COPD especially in less developed countries.

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Dr. Hesham Hassaballa Dr. Hassaballa
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
18 years in practice
Rush Medical College
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Is it possible to get COPD from 2 years of smoking?

Is it possible to get COPD from 2 years of smoking?

Highly unlikely: 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.

Dr. Hesham Hassaballa Dr. Hassaballa
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
18 years in practice
Rush Medical College
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After smoking for a year and a half, can I get copd?

After smoking for a year and a half, can I get copd?

Less Likely: Unless your lungs are very sensitive to the harmful effects of cigarette smoke, it is quite unlikely to develop COPD after 1 year and a half 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.

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Dr. Hesham Hassaballa Dr. Hassaballa
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
18 years in practice
Rush Medical College
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Is it possible to get COPD at such an early age after smoking for a little less than a year?

Is it possible to get COPD at such an early age after smoking for a little less than a year?

Unlikely: Unless you have very sensitive lungs, it is unlikely that you would develop COPD after one year of smoking. But: that doesn't mean it's ok to keep smoking! The sooner you quit, the better it is for your health. Quit now, please.

Dr. Carin Van Gelder Dr. Van Gelder
Emergency Medicine
21 years in practice
University of Vermont College of Medicine
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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

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!

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Dr. Shabbir Hossain Dr. Hossain
Internal Medicine
12 years in practice
St. George's University School of Medicine
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Can you cure COPD by quitting smoking?

Can you cure COPD by quitting smoking?

Sorry no: COPD by definition is irreversible. But by quitting smoking, you, can certainly reduce the progression and your long term prognosis. Never too late to quit!

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Dr. Aaron Milstone Dr. Milstone
Internal Medicine - Pulmonology
23 years in practice
Wayne State University School of Medicine
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I'm 25, can I already be getting COPD or emphysema from smoking?

I'm 25, can I already be getting COPD or emphysema from smoking?

Maybe: If you are a heavy smoker emphysema can occur at an early age (less than 35). There is also a genetic disease called Alpha one antitrypsin deficiency that can cause emphysema to develop at any early age. If concerned you should seek medical evaluation.

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Dr. Al Hegab Dr. Hegab
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
36 years in practice
Ain Shams University Faculty of Medicine
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Can air trapping be caused by asthma or is it always associated with smoking/copd??

Can air trapping be caused by asthma or is it always associated with smoking/copd??

Air trapping: Can be caused by any obstructive lung disease including asthma, it is simply inability to fully exhale, disappears with good asthma control,

Dr. Arnon Rubin Dr. Rubin
Internal Medicine
20 years in practice
University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Joon woo Kim Dr. Kim
Internal Medicine - Pulmonology
18 years in practice
Tufts University School of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Yoram Padeh Dr. Padeh
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
18 years in practice
Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University
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If I stop smoking will that help heal my copd?

If I stop smoking will that help heal my copd?

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.

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Dr. William Walsh Dr. Walsh
Addiction Medicine
13 years in practice
Indiana University School of Medicine
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My brother just found out he has COPD does he need to stop smoking?

My brother just found out he has COPD does he need to stop smoking?

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.

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Dr. Thomas Mcgowan Dr. Mcgowan
Family Medicine
years in practice
Rush Medical College
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My sis has bad COPD and continues to smoke. What could happen to her if she doesn't quit smoking?

My sis has bad COPD and continues to smoke. What could happen to her if she doesn't quit smoking?

COPD: Smoke will continue to damage her lung tissue and eventually she will not be able to collect enough oxygen from the air and require extra oxygen. COPD is serious issue and you should continue to encourage her to quit smoking.

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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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