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I have copd, can I drink alcohol or will it cause me to have shortage of breath?

I have copd, can I drink alcohol or will it cause me to have shortage of breath?

Probably will ...: Eating carbohydrates, or drinking alcohol or sugary drinks requires the body to use more oxygen during their digestion than for proteins or fats. This causes someone to breathe a little more deeply, however having COPD will make this difficult and feel like shortness of breath. ...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


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If I have copd, why does one cocktail (alcohol) seem to relax my breathing?

If I have copd, why does one cocktail (alcohol) seem to relax my breathing?

Dulls sensation...: Alcohol is a depressant so it dulls your perception of shortness of breath in your brain. You may feel less short of breath but may actually be hypoventilating which could lead to further increases in carbon dioxide. So, you need to be very careful w/alcohol use. ...Read more

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What is the cause of emphysema in men?

What is the cause of emphysema in men?

Smoking: Smoking, smoking and smoking. Then there are genetic causes like alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency and rarely occupational exposures. In some parts of the world open pit charcoal burning can cause emphysema. ...Read more

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Does smoking cause emphysema?

Does smoking cause emphysema?

Definately: Smoking is the number one risk factor for the development of emphysema. Other risks include family history, a genetic predisposition (such as Alpha one antitrypsin deficiency) and occupational exposure (usually related to dusts). If you have no desire to develop emphysema do not smoke. ...Read more

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Can cigarettes cause emphysema?

Can cigarettes cause emphysema?

It IS the result...: Emphysema is one of the main results of cigarette smoking. Emphysema is the destruction of lung tissue from smoking. Cigarette smoking is the #1 cause of emphysema. That's why, you should quit asap. It definitely can cause emphysema (and a whole host of other bad stuff). ...Read more

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Emphysema is a disease, frequently caused by smoking, what are the effects?

Emphysema is a disease, frequently caused by smoking, what are the effects?

Damaged air sacs: smoking causes two major kinds of damage - inflammation of the air passages (bronchitis) which ultimately narrows and scars these passages, and damage to the tiny air sacs (alveoli) where oxygen and carbon dioxide is exchanged between air we breathe in and blood in the pulmonary capillaries. Eventually we cannot get in enough oxygen or get rid of carbon dioxide and can't move air- air hunger. ...Read more

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Can very early age of smoking cause endstage emphysema or can it be reversed?

Can very early age of smoking cause endstage emphysema or can it be reversed?

Yes: The more you smoke, the more damage to the lungs. Smoking early and often gets you to end stage lung disease faster. Quit smoking as soon as possible. Emphysema is not reversible and does not have effective treatment. In some cases lung transplant is an option. ...Read more

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Can barrett's eusophagus cause more complications or visa versa with someone with emphysema?

Can barrett's eusophagus cause more complications or visa versa with someone with emphysema?

Yes: Barret's is a result of gerd, reflux disease or gerd is associated with exacerbation of asthma and copd. While the DX of barret's is not directly the culprate for COPD exacerbation, the association with gastric reflux disease is. ...Read more

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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


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