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My brother just found out he has COPD does he need to stop smoking ?

My brother just found out he has COPD does he need to stop smoking ?

Yes, and yes yes: Stopping smoking is the surest way to slow the progression of the disease and increase both quality of life and the number of years that your brother may live. There are many methods to quit smoking - the most successful include medications plus a cessation intervention that focuses on behavior and social support. Your local physician should have information on both. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Quit Smoking (Definition)

Quitting smoking is the single most important decision smokers can make to improve their health. Preparing a quit-smoking plan and enlisting support from your doctor and your loved ones can greatly improve your chances of success. Your doctor can help you decide if over-the-counter or prescription medications can help. Pick a quit day a few weeks ahead and put it on your calendar. Plan how you're going deal with situations that make you want to smoke. Take advantage of support from family, friends, and co-workers, and consider joining a smoking cessation program so that you don't ...Read more


Dr. Paul Grin Dr. Grin
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What to do if i recently found out my dad has oral cancer, but he never even smoked so how did he get this?

Dr. Paul Grin Dr. Grin
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What to do if i recently found out my dad has oral cancer, but he never even smoked so how did he get this?

Unfortunately: it is possible. Smokers and dippers are many times more likely than non-smokers and/or non-consumers of alcohol to develop these cancers. ...Read more

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My granddad is coughing and puking blood he said that he doesn't need to go to the hospital he is 76 years old?

My granddad is coughing  and puking blood he said that he doesn't need to go to the hospital he is 76 years old?

Go to hospital!: Coughing and vomiting up blood are symptoms that suggest a serious issue with either the lungs or stomach. If persistent, it can lead to worsening anemia (low blood count) and be potential life-threatening. It is safer to get checked out as soon as possible in the emergency room; don't wait until it becomes more serious! ...Read more

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My sis has bad COPD and continues to smoke. What could happen to her if she doesn't quit smoking?

My sis has bad COPD and continues to smoke. What could happen to her if she doesn't quit smoking?

COPD: smoke will continue to damage her lung tissue and eventually she will not be able to collect enough oxygen from the air and require extra oxygen. COPD is serious issue and you should continue to encourage her to quit smoking. ...Read more

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My friend has heart cancer, now if he replaces his heart, will he be cured?

My friend has heart cancer, now if he replaces his heart, will he be cured?

Heart cancer: This is a very serious condition, heart transplant may not be appropriate depending on what is actually going on. Can't comment without knowing the real details of the patients diagnosis and status. ...Read more

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My husband is 60 years old and was diagnosed with cops and has heart problems he was told to quit smoking but he still does how long can a person live?

My husband is 60 years old and was diagnosed with cops and has heart problems he was told to quit smoking but he still does how long can a person live?

Can't say but...: He might die tomorrow or live another 20 years- the issue is what will be the quality of life. With COPD he will feel more and more short of breath, develop chronic coughs and be able to do less and less activity. It's a terrible way to die. Stopping smoking is the best thing he can do. See http://www.Whyquit.Com/ & http://www.Shareguide.Com/smoking.Html. ...Read more

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I just found out my brother has been taking around 150mg of zinc daily and now he's sick what should he do does he need to go to hospital?

I just found out my brother has been taking around 150mg of zinc daily and now he's sick what should he do does he need to go to hospital?

Being Sick: It is very unlikely that the zinc is making him sick. But, given that he is ill i would advise stopping the zinc. Now, the next question is how ill is he? And what are his symptoms? ...Read more

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My mom was diagnosed copd, she is 70. She is in stage 3, what can I do to help her. How much time do we have. She has never smoked.?

My mom was diagnosed copd, she is 70. She is in stage 3, what can I do to help her. How much time do we have. She has never smoked.?

Multiple things: First you should discuss your moms specifics with her doctor. The COPD stage is not precise enough to say how long one might live. With good care of the COPD one can live a long time. Treatment entails a number of things that a patient should seek, include smoking cessation, use of inhaled medicines to decrease symptoms, a flu shot yearly, pneumonia vaccine and pulmonary rehab. Oxygen if needed. ...Read more

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Hello doctor my cousin have eczema he is 3 years old we take him to many doctors but when we ever stop the treatment he go back like he was before :)?

Hello doctor my cousin have eczema he is 3 years old we take him to many doctors but when we ever stop the treatment he go back like he was before :)?

Possibly atopic: eczema recurrs once treatment is stopped in a 3 yrs old, possibilty of atopic (allergic) eczema need to be ruled out, please visit an allergist who would help you with this condition, meanwhile, moisturize the skin thoroughly especially right after bathing with a cream soap, keep finger nails short, check acaai.org for an allergist locator near where you live if in the USA, good luck ...Read more

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My dad has oesophageal cancer which has spread to the lungs and liver. The doctor told me it's too late to treat him. How long do you think he has?

My dad has oesophageal cancer which has spread to the lungs and liver. The doctor told me it's too late to treat him. How long do you think he has?

Who knows...: ...but the Good Lord? I respectfully suggest you focus on sharing whatever time you have with him and helping him spend his remaining days with comfort and dignity. I truly wish you guys the best. ...Read more

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My 33 yr old son thinks he was drugged because he can't remember how he got home. he doesn't seem drunk. does he need to go to the hospital?

My 33 yr old son thinks he was drugged because he can't remember how he got home.  he doesn't seem drunk. does he need to go to the hospital?

Probably not: He can go and get a urine drug screen or you can collect one and take it to your provider's office to be sent off for drug screen It is hard to find the drug It is more likely the alcohol could cause the problem If he is feeling ok now and not confused or "drugged" then watch him If increased symptoms then take to ER ...Read more

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My friend has gotten lung cancer. Is he going to be okay?

My friend has gotten lung cancer. Is he going to be okay?

Many variables: What type of cancer, usually small cell or non-small cell. How big is the cancer, and what stage is it? Has it spread anywhere? How health is your friend? Quite a wide range of questions. Small, early, cancers can be completely removed with surgery, with excellent prognosis. ...Read more

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My husband was a chain smoker. But now he has quit smoking all of sudden.But he is feeling lazy and lathrgic. Can anyone tell me how can I help him ?

My husband was a chain smoker. But now he has quit smoking all of sudden.But he is feeling lazy and lathrgic. Can anyone tell me how can I help him ?

Nicotine Replacement: One third of patients addicted to tobacco will live longer and "better" if they take nicotine replacement for the rest of their lives. Buy him a nicotine patch and see how he feels/does. Encourage him to get professional help. Tobacco addiction is a serious disease and most people benefit from professional support and oversight. It's not just a matter of will power. ...Read more

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My son has fluid in his ears. His doctor said to try and get it out but I have no clue how. Any help? She was useless, it was not his regular doctor

Dr. Jay Park Dr. Park
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My son has fluid in his ears. His doctor said to try and get it out but I have no clue how. Any help? She was useless, it was not his regular doctor

See below: We are talking about fluid remaining in middle ear(behind ear drum) called middle ear effusion. This fluid often clears by itself, however, if fluid remains over 3 months and affects hearing, surgical intervention (tube insertion) will be required to drain out fluid and restore hearing. ...Read more

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My brother has epilepsy. How do I find out if he also has tourettes?

My brother has epilepsy. How do I find out if he also has tourettes?

Neuro diagnosis: The neurologist who manages the epilepsy should be more than qualified to make this determination. ...Read more

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My couisin has incontinence he smoked marijuana for a 1yr and a half he started to leak urine out of no were, he doesnt smoke anymore but still leake?

My couisin has incontinence he smoked marijuana for a 1yr and a half he started to leak urine out of no were,  he doesnt smoke anymore but still leake?

Should see urologist: Incontinence is not a known side effect of marijuana. The fact that stopping it has not changed this is strong evidence that marijuana has nothing to do with his incontinence. He should see a urologist to evaluate the cause of his incontinence. ...Read more

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My dad was diagnosed with emphysema at 40, and he is 55 now and still smoking. How long does he have?

My dad was diagnosed with emphysema at 40, and he is 55 now and still smoking. How long does he have?

Varies...: There are so many variables involved that it cannot be predicted for an individual. His mortality rate will be higher if he continues to smoke so he needs to quit asap! if his oxygen level in his blood is low enough to warrant supplemental oxygen, then wearing oxygen will decrease mortality rate. The rest of the therapies will control symptoms. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Gabor
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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


Dr. Dean Giannone
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Smoking Cessation (Definition)

Smoking any tobacco product is harmful to your baby, including "light" cigarettes, cigars (and marijuana). Like any addiction, quitting tobacco is difficult, especially if you are acting alone. Most smokers find it hard to break all the habits or ties they've built into their lives around smoking. Quitting smoking does reduce a number of ...Read more