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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. ...Read more

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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (Copd) (Definition)

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, otherwise known as 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 for most days three months out of the year, two years in a row. Emphysema is a disease that damages the air sacs or the smallest breathing tubes in the lungs. COPD is commonly associated with smoking. ...Read more


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Is COPD contagious?

Is COPD contagious?

No: COPD stands for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. It has 2 common forms - emphysema and chronic bronchitis. The most common cause by far is smoking. Sometimes it can be caused by environmental exposures and uncommonly it can come from genetic factors. COPD is characterized by prolonged or difficult exhalation and when more severe can lead to low oxygen levels in the body. Don't smoke ! ...Read more

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Is COPD typically contagious?

Is COPD typically contagious?

No....: COPD is a disease of the airways and patients often have a cough but there is no infection present and so COPD itself is not contagious. ...Read more

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Hi my daughter just came home from the doctor and she has bronchitis. They gave her zithro how long will she be contagious we were going to go visit my mom tomorrow and my mom has copd also i need to go stay with my mom on monday for a few days bc on work

Hi my daughter just came home from the doctor and she has bronchitis. They gave her zithro how long will she be contagious we were going to go visit my mom tomorrow and my mom has copd
also i need to go stay with my mom on monday for a few days bc on work

Assume yes: Even though she was started on antibiotics it is still quite possible that she has a viral infection. If she is coughing, and especially if she has a fever, it is much safer to assume she is contagious and keep her away from people with chronic illnesses that affect the immune system. I would not put her in close contact with your mom if it can be avoided. ...Read more

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Can COPD be reversed?

Can COPD be reversed?

No: One out of four people who have smoked 15 years 1 pack per day will develop copd. Once it is established it will continue to worsen although at different rates depending upon active smoking and genetic predisposition. Rate of decline depends on active smoking and genetics. There is no way to reverse COPD once it is established. ...Read more

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How is COPD diagnosed?

PFT: A pulmonary function test or spirometry is needed to diagnose copd. X-rays alone are not enough. Medical history is also important. ...Read more

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What're COPD symptoms?

Symptoms...: COPD symptoms include shortness of breath either with activity or at rest, cough either productive of sputum or non-productive. Symptoms can also include weight loss and malaise. Symptoms typically occur after a significant smoking history. See your doctor for testing if you think you may have this incurable disease. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of copd?

What are the symptoms of copd?

COPD: COPD is characterized by shortness of breath and chronic productive cough, typically in a smoker or ex-smoker. ...Read more

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What mean of COPD excarbation?

Acute worsening : COPD is chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. It is thought to be a chronic low grade continuing inflammatory disorder due to smoking (most of the time). There is a problem getting air out of the lungs. An acute exacerbation means worsening of the chronic process due to an infection. It is characterized by increased sputum production, greenish-yellowish sputum ...Read more

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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


Contagious (Definition)

One is able to transmit an infection to another by ...Read more