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Is There Any Connection Between Asbestos And Emphysema
Asbestos is a natural fiber found in few places in the world. It is well known due its repellant properties agains fire & hot temperature. It was used in cloth, construction & ships. Still use on car brake system.
It causes asbestosis a fibrotic condition of the lungs & mesothelial carcinoma acancer on the pleura. ...Read more
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
No: Asbestos exposure is typically associated with the development of fibrosis (scarring) of the lung, lung cancer, mesothelioma, and pleural disease (disease of the lining of the lung). Although asbestos exposure has not been directly linked to the development of emphysema or copd, it may be one of the factors that contributes to the development of the condition, especially in those who smoke. ...Read more
I have a friend who was diagnose with a touch of asbestos and emphysema, what is the best care can he get.
Asbestosis: Asbestos exposure can cause changes similar to COPD and worse. In that case, it is called asbestosis. ...Read more
Can asbestos exposure cause or contribute to copd, how are tobacco use and ptsd connected? This is for my late husband and a benefits claim
Hello.: Hello. Asbestos exposure does not cause chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (copd). However if a person is exposed to asbestos it can increase their risk of developing copd. I don't believe that tobacco use and ptsd are necessarily connected. ...Read more
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?
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
Chronic Lung Disease: Emphysema is a form of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). There are different classifications of COPD. End stage could refer to you needing to use daily medications in order to relieve symptoms of shortness of breath. This could also mean needing to use oxygen. If a physician has mentioned "end stage" it is worth visiting with a lung specialist called a Pulmonologist. ...Read more
COPD...: There is a form of COPD which can occur at a younger age. It is called alpha-1-antitrypsin disorder. It is caused by an enzyme deficiency and treatment includes enzyme replacement therapy. It is diagnosed with a blood test. See your doctor, or a lung doctor, for diagnosis and treatment if this disorder is suspected. ...Read more
Emphysema.: Emphysema is a destruction of lung tissue with resultant reduction in oxygen and carbon dioxide exchange and respiratory effort. This leads to shortness of breath and chronic productive cough. It's usually due to smoking but could be due to other medial conditions. It's treatable but not curable. ...Read more
Yes: Lying down causes the airway to narrow further and decrease flow. The body attempts to improve the flow by releasing Epinephrine which may result in sweats. Also low oxygen can result from decresed flow as well as possible sleep apnea which is increased in pts with emphysema. Treatment can include oxygen, bronchodilators and possible CPAP or bipap device. ...Read more
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
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
Causes emphysema!: I completely agree with dr ferranti's answer. The only thing I will add is that smoking is the number one cause of emphysema/copd. It is never too late to stop. While the damage does not reverse, the rate of damage returns to a more normal level of expected decline. Stopping at any time can add years to life and maybe delay disability. Please stop! ...Read more
Asbestos is a silicate mineral that was used extensively in construction as insulation for buildings. It was later found to cause lung disease in humans, and is no longer used in construction. However, the demolition of old building continues to put some people at risk of ...Read more
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