Top
10
Doctor insights on: How Does Emphysema Affect The Respiratory System

Share
1

1
How does emphysema affect your respiratory system?

How does emphysema affect your respiratory system?

Emphysema.: Emphysema is a destruction of lung tissue with resultant reduction in oxygen and carbon dioxide exchange and respiratory effort. It's usually due to smoking but could be due to other medial conditions. It's treatable but not curable. ...Read more

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


3

3
Can steady exposure to carbon monoxide cause respiratory problems like emphysema, copd, asthma?

Can steady exposure to carbon monoxide cause respiratory problems like emphysema, copd, asthma?

Would never happen: Carbon monoxide has strong affinity to the hemoglobin and its diffusibility through membrane is high. Before any other condition like asthma, COPD can occur from it, a person is dead. There will be no study to prove that. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
4

4
Can emphysema/copd/bronchitis&other respiratory conditions make it feel like the throat/esophagus has cool air in it (no pain) but feels abnormal?

Can emphysema/copd/bronchitis&other respiratory conditions make it feel like the throat/esophagus has cool air in it (no pain) but feels abnormal?

Not described : Never heard or read of an association between what you describe and lung disease. But you could ask a doc for a full examination (history and physical exam) for more reassurance. ...Read more

5

5
What's COPD respiratory disease?

What's COPD respiratory disease?

COPD: COPD stands foe Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease As the name says it is chronic disease of the airway which includesEmphysema and Chronic Bronchitis Most cases are caused by smoking and few others by pollution and occupational exposure COPD is not reversible and there is no cure for it. Progession of this condition can be minimised by smoking cessation and prevent the harmful exposure. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
6

6
What is COPD respiratory failure?

What is COPD respiratory failure?

Lung failure: Respiratory failure is the inability of the lung to exchange oxygen and carbon dioxide. One of the main causes is COPD with decreased air flow and increased work of breathing . This may cause hypoxemia or hypercarbia or both.Treatment is designed to reverse those abnormalities including oxygen and bronchodilators. Mechanical support may be required for resistent disease. ...Read more

See 2 more doctor answers
7

7
Can benzos cause respiratory problems to those with no known copd?

Can benzos cause respiratory problems to those with no known copd?

In too high a dose: Benzodiazepines are vastly safer than barbiturates and barbiturate-like drugs because their activities stop at the upper part of the brain and do not, in therapeutic doses, extend to the respiratory centers in the midbrain. Together with alcohol, opiates, other depressant drugs, and in very high doses (or iv) they can and do cause problems, even without copd. Normally, in usual doses, they don't. ...Read more

See 2 more doctor answers
8

8
What are the usual respiratory tests for copd?

Lung function test: A pulmonary function test is the test of choice for copd. It is a series of breathing maneuvers that one does to see if they have the hallmark finding of copd, which is inability to blow all the air out of the lungs. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
9

9
Diag. Copd 7/13 fine til heavy yardsprays 5/13. Respiratory distress. Keep rebounding inandout. On albuterol. Scared side affects of advair.Sensitive?

Diag. Copd 7/13 fine til heavy yardsprays 5/13.  Respiratory distress. Keep rebounding inandout. On albuterol. Scared side affects of advair.Sensitive?

More therapy: You should avoid poor environmental conditions. You need maintenance therapy with aa laba/ics like advair which is quite safe with minor intolerance such as hoarseness. You also need a lama like spiriva or tudorza to improvee airflow. Lastly you need pulm rehab. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
10

10
I had respiratory failure (cyanosis) during general anaesthetic.The doctor thinks it was anaphylaxis. I am now diagnosed with both COPD stage 2 and asthma.Were these conditions the more likely cause?

I had respiratory failure (cyanosis) during general anaesthetic.The doctor thinks it was anaphylaxis.  I am now diagnosed with both COPD stage 2 and asthma.Were these conditions the more likely cause?

COPD is deadly: Anaphylaxis can happen with any drug, but acute postoperative respiratory failure is more commonly caused by underlying lung disease. Stopping smoking several weeks before surgery decreases risk for complications. Of course, the best thing anyone can do for better health is to stop smoking, especially those with lung disease. Smoking with lung disease is like rubbing dirt into a wound. Stop ASAP. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
Dr. Sue Ferranti
491 doctors shared insights

Emphysema (Definition)

Emphysema is a lung disease caused by destruction of lung tissue--specifically the alveoli, which are the smallest sac-like units of the lung responsible for oxygen exchange. It is characterized by shortness of breath, an expanded chest, and possible signs of low oxygen in the body such as bluish ...Read more


Dr. Mark Ingerman
7 doctors shared insights

Respiratory System (Definition)

The respiratory system consists of all organs in the body related to breathing including the nose, mouth, trachea and lungs. All four of these are ...Read more