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Reversible Obstructive Airway Disease
Chronic Lung Disease: COPD is a disease of inflammation and/or destruction of the lung. Most often, it is from smoking cigarettes, but not always. There are two main components: chronic bronchitis, which is coughing up mucus every day; and emphysema, which is destruction of the lung tissue. Both conditions block air from completely exiting the lung causing symptoms. That said, it can be treated effectively. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Most frequent cause: Smoking or secondary tobacco exposure is the most frequent cause of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. However, it's not the only one, as some genetic conditions can predispose one to copd. So can the work environment. Go see your family physician for pulmonary function testing to confirm the diagnosis and then start treatment w/regular follow up pft to demonstrate proper therapy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Poor lung function: Basically the lungs are not expanding like they should be as such they are not working well and not oxygenating the blood. ...Read more
Not alwasy: The more inefficient the damaged lung becomes at eliminating co2 the more you have to work to breath and the more work the more co2 you make. Once co2 is up for a period of time your body stops responding to theco2 &switches to o2 for the drive. Thus co2 rises even more as the body stops response to co2. This makes o2 dangerous to use. Most COPD get no rise in co2. You need a blood test to know. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
COPD: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) encompasses several causes of lung obstruction often resulting in shortness of breath and wheezing. The causes include emphysema wherein the elasticity of the lung is impaired producing difficulty with exhalation. Severe emphysema can also cause low oxygen levels, heart failure, and death. ...Read more
Worsening Airflow: This describes the result of repeated pulmonary irritations. Impaired air exchange leads to other chronic problems too. So, it is not a pleasant diagnosis as it tends to worsen. People who address it asap can definitely slow, maybe even stop the progress. Lifestyle changes and chronic disease self-mgmt groups are very helpful - find one! http://patienteducation.Stanford.Edu/programs/cdsmp.Html. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: CPAP will greatly help symptoms, this is a mask that applies a low level of air pressure to the airway keeping it from blocking during sleep and effectively treats sleep apnea. In most patients the sleep apnea is related to obesity. Weight loss will help and sometimes even cure the sleep apnea. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Unknwon.: Although there have been suggestive studies that showed coronary plaque regression, most data is focused on plaque stabilization. As long as the plaque is stable and the symptoms controlled, it is not essential that we "revers" atherosclerosis. In the future, cetp modifying drugs may prove to reverse plaque. Only time will tell. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cough/wheeze: We all have airways that have a protective apparatus that reacts to keep noxious gas or debris from filling the sensitive air blebs in our lung. When this works correctly, as soon as the triggering event is gone, the "gate keeper" opens it and normal breathing ensues. RAD is a condition where the gate tends to remain closed, producing wheezing or cough. Meds work to reduce the keep airways open. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Prevention is best: There are usually specific triggers such as smoke inhalation, allergens, and upper respiratory infections that exacerbate the reactive airway. Avoidance of your individual triggers is best. Once an episode is triggered, bronchodilators and inhaled steroids are usually necessary, sometimes oral steroids may be required. ...Read more
Recently diagnosed with small airway disease and prescribed an inhaler. Should i be worried that i appear to need to use it daily (once or more)?
Very mild asthma: More and more we are shying away from using that term. It is usually used to label very mild asthma that flares up very infrequently, usually due to a well-defined trigger like infections, wheather change, pollen, etc. There's a reason asthma meds like albuterol are used for this. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Please help! what is the optimal pattern of breathing for patient with obstructive airway disease?
Any: There is no optimal patters. Breath normally & at times hold breath X few seconds & blow out through your moth partially close as in blowing a balloon. It will help ypur respiratory muscles. By keeping a slow pattern will oxygenated without causing acid-base problems ...Read more
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