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Kissing Someone With Copd
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
BODE index: A combination of multiple factors predict survival in patients with copd. One such grading system is called bode index. This takes into account body mass index, severity of breathlessness, distance walked in 6 minutes, and lung function. The last two require testing in pulmonary function lab. Bode index can predict 4 yr survival and risk of hospitalization. ...Read more
Pulmonary rehab: If it is available many communities offer a program called pulmonary rehab. This is a graded exercise program suprevised by trained respiratory and physical therapists and in some cases physicians. COPD patients are also educated in specific breathing techniques and about their disease in general. It seems patients who go through the program do overall better. ...Read more
Variable: Some people with advanced COPD (poor fev1s) can survive for years - the trajectory of worsening and how often a person has "exaccerbations" is better indicator of a person's reasonable life expectancy. ...Read more
Optimistic!: Good treatment is available for maintenance of COPD patients. Prognosis is good for those who are compliant with doctor's advice! ...Read more
Yes: The key is stopping smoking as early as possible, even before COPD develops. ...Read more
COPD and climate: I am not aware there is any one answer to the best climate for people with copd. Altitude decreases oxygen concentration and can cause shortness of breath in patients without lung disease. Air pollution has also been correlated with adverse health outcomes. Air pollution data can be found on the epa website. Different allergens are also found in different environments and can affect breathing. ...Read more
Could someone explain a person's COPD deteriorating during the night and then improving in the morning?
There is a regular daily variation in cortisol levels produced by the body with a usual peak in the early morning hours. Cortisol help suppress inflammation causing improvement in symptoms.
Having said that, it is often the case that shortly after awakening people with COPD experience quite a bit of cough and phlegm production. ...Read more
It depends on many things: (1) how severe the COPD is; (2) how many symptoms you have from it; (3) if you are still smoking or not.
Some people have very mild COPD that doesn't need treatment and can live a long time with it. Others need inhalers and other treatments; others may need oxygen. So, it really depends on how bad it is and what other factors are present. Hope this helps. ...Read more
How long does someone who has the last stage of COPD and 90% fluid in their lungs have to survive?
Not much: If you really have end stage COPD and you have 90 % fluid in lungs and not treated for it you won't live longer. Technically if you are end stage COPD and any fluid in you lung, you already will be on a breathing machine or life support. ...Read more
What can be helpful for someone with copd, taking a lot of medication and and needs oxygen at night.?
Was helping someone fight a flea infestation. I got bit all over and I have COPD and my bites are swelling and burning. Will this effect my copd?
No: It will be very bothersome but not affect your COPD ...Read more
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
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
COPD: COPD is an acronym for a number of diseases that lead to progressive lung function loss, breathing problems, and disability in many patients at risk due to chronic inflammation caused by noxious stimuli-- like smoking. The stage of COPD is crucial in determining risk of premature loss of life and a pulmonary function test is needed. The more severe, the greater the risk potential. ...Read more
Depends...: If you are allergic to cats you should avoid them since this can lead to bronchospasm and airway inflammation, causing a worsening of your symptoms. If you don't know whether you have a cat allergy, see your doctor since testing can be done and then advice can be more accurately given! ...Read more
Top Five: The top fice factors that can cause a COPD exacerbation include allergies, bacterial/viral infection, pulmonary embolism, heart attack and non compliance to medical regimen. There are others but these cover the majority. ...Read more
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
No: At this time there is no cure. Lung transplant can be done and COPD will not return in the transplanted lung. If you have Alpha one antitrypsin deficiency you can give a patient back the missing enzyme through intravenous infusions. Otherwise smoking cessation is your best primary prevention. ...Read more
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (Copd) (Definition)
Also known as COPD, may include chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. Chronic bronchitis is the production of increased mucus caused by inflammation. ...Read more
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