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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. ...Read more

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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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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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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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Many people i know with copd have more trouble with their breathing, when they quit smoking. Why is that?

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

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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

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

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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What else causes copd? Other than smoking.

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

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Smoking (Definition)

More than 46 million, nearly 21% of adults in the United States, smoke, according to a 2010 report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Smoking rates remained constant from 2005 - 2009. Smoking kills more than 5 million people a year worldwide, accounting for 1 out of ...Read more