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Emphysema Vs Bronchiectasis
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
Different cause: Some symptoms like shortness of breath and sputum production are the same, but the disease is different. A history of pertussis or other serious deep lung infection is frequently the cause of bronchiectasis where the bronchial tubes are chronically infected and inflamed with breakdown of the wall of the bronchial tube. The diameter of the bronchi is enlarged and abnormal. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What's the differance in bronchiectasis vs asthma COPD emphasima. What there similarities between the other disease's. I can't stop coughing at night?
Complicated: Bronchiectasis is due to chronic infection damaging the ends of bronchioles and creating a haven for chronic infection. Asthma is due to reactive airway disease making it difficult to get air out. COPD is a complex process and can involve emphysema and brochiectasis. See your doctor to figure out why you are coughing. Without more info cannot diagnose this. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
IN CASE OF EMERGENCY. How to control heart rate in COPD bronchiectasis patient. Pulse 145. plz suggest a drug. ?
Not exactly: Bronchiectasis is an abnormal dilation in the airway or bronchi, and can be the result of chronic or severe lung infections, aspiration, diseases like cystic fibrosis and other problems. In can be associated with airway obstruction and symptoms similar to copd, so the diseases while different overlap and share many features. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Bronchiectasis is its own disease. What is important to find out is why you have this. Recurrent infection/irritation is the usual cause, but cystic fibrosis, mac, and other causes should be explored. Bronchiectasis is a chronic dilation and mucus collection in the bronchi. There is no direct cure, but airway clearance techniques plus treating the cause will help. ...Read more
I ve bronciectasis, and regularly suffer with sore throats, is there a link or is sore throat caused by bronciectasis? Also, am i a COPD patient now
See a pulmonologist: Your sore throat may be of many possible causes. You may be having acid reflux, may have infection extending from the tracheobronchial tree, or one of multiple other causes. Go and get this diagnosed and treated appropriately, and hope you do not smoke. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have a relative suffering from emphysema, there’s no effective drugs in China.whether the US have more advanced and effective treatment or drugs?
Depends: Good evening, Treatment of emphysema is varied and depends on the severity of the disease. Treatment may include just an inhaled bronchodilator, and escalate to include inhaled and oral steroids. At the most advanced stages there are quite a few agents, including supplemental oxygen. You may need to first determine the stage of your loved ones disease. Good luck. ...Read more
Smoking Cessation: The most important thing is to stop the cause, which in the vast majority of cases is smoking-related. Thereafter, treatment focuses on keeping the airways open with medications. There is less room in the lungs (even though they're bigger) for gas exchange, so many of these patients require supplemental oxygen. ...Read more
Possibilities...: Most of the time, COPD is caused by smoking, if you are a non-smoker, there are environmental exposures that can contribute so what type of work you do may be relevant. There is also a form of COPD, alpha1 antitrypsin deficiency, which is caused by an enzyme deficiency. This can be diagnosed via a blood test and the enzyme can be replaced so the disease won't progress further. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
COPD: Emphysema is a form of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (copd). It is characterized by chronic obstruction in the airways usually due to smoking. Symptoms include shortness of breath, coughing, wheezing, etc. The diagnosis is made by an evaluation by a doctor as well as pulmonary function tests. There are treatments available. Smoking cessation is important to prevent further lung damage. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers