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How Long Can Emphysema Last
Life long: Once you have emphysema, it will always be there. Once you lose lung tissue, it is gone forever. That doesn't mean life is over...There are very good treatments, and people with emphysema can life full, productive lives. Best thing is to stop smoking and see a doctor to get treated. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Depends...: The time it takes to develop COPD depends on many factors including genetic factors and the amount of cigarettes smoked over time. The more you smoke and the longer you smoke increases your risk of developing this disease. Smoking cessation decreases the risk of developing this disease. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: You bet your bippy it can. (but not necessarily). ...Read more
ABSOLUTELY: Yes, you may have it already. Please quit and have yourself evaluated by your doctor. It is never too late to quit! ...Read more
Destruction of lung: When the lung gets destroyed from smoking in emphysema, they act like a plastic bag. Thus it is easy to inflate, but hard to deflate. Thus, it takes a lot longer to blow all the air out. That is why there is prolonged expiration in emphysema. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have smoked for 5 years and its been 8 months since my last cigarette. i am 22 now. is it possible that i could have emphysema/copd?
Depends: Small ones and immediately treated can resorb in a few hours. If the source such as pneumothorax was large or is continuing, then it may take several days or weeks. ...Read more
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
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