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What symptoms do people with COPD usually have?

What symptoms do people with COPD usually have?

Shortness of breath: Typically, patients with COPD have shortness of breath, wheezing, and coughing. Fatigue, decreased energy, and decreased ability to do normal activities are also quite common. Sometimes, patients can get dizziness related to the shortness of breath. If you have these symptoms, definitely see a doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Ronald Krauser
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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


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Should I stay home from work if I have copd?

Should I stay home from work if I have copd?

Not necessarily...: Many patients with COPD are able to work for many years after their diagnosis but it does depend on some factors like how physical is your job, how is your oxygen level and many other factors. Your doctor can determine if you are still able to work or if your disease is severe enough that you can no longer work at your current job. But, COPD does not necessarily mean you can no longer work. ...Read more

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Hi my daughter just came home from the doctor and she has bronchitis. They gave her zithro how long will she be contagious we were going to go visit my mom tomorrow and my mom has copd also i need to go stay with my mom on monday for a few days bc on work

Hi my daughter just came home from the doctor and she has bronchitis. They gave her zithro how long will she be contagious we were going to go visit my mom tomorrow and my mom has copd
also i need to go stay with my mom on monday for a few days bc on work

Assume yes: Even though she was started on antibiotics it is still quite possible that she has a viral infection. If she is coughing, and especially if she has a fever, it is much safer to assume she is contagious and keep her away from people with chronic illnesses that affect the immune system. I would not put her in close contact with your mom if it can be avoided. ...Read more

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Don't you think COPD numbers should change ? One dr. Says I have COPD and another says i don't cause nnumbers aren't there.I had to quit work.

Don't you think COPD numbers should change ? One dr. Says I have COPD and another says i don't cause nnumbers aren't there.I had to quit work.

Proof is in numbers: COPD is diagnosed by a fixed obstructive ratio fev1/fvc of < .70. Above that no COPD and below it is copd. Severity of obstruction is assessed by your fev1 in comparison to other men of same age, height, weight, and ethnicity. Most with COPD with fev1< 50% may have disability. Without knowing your pfts, it would be hard to answer your question more specifically. ...Read more

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I have copd, what can I do to breath better at home.?

I have copd, what can I do to breath better at home.?

Medication, exercise: If you have COPD and have symptoms, you need to take certain medications regularly, when you feel good and when you don't feel so good. If you are smoking, quit smoking. Exercise daily, keep your muscle strength both arms and legs. Breathing exercises help too. Eat fresh fruits and vegetables. Keep up with vaccinations, flu and pneumonia. Use hand sanitizers. ...Read more

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I've been diagnosed with COPD. Why the inhalers do not work for me. Yes I mentioned it but they haven't done anything about it. Why not they help ?

Maybe not COPD: You will likely need to see your physician about your diagnosis, however looking at your medical history above, you have never smoked and so for a young person at age 44 to have COPD is unlikely &#40;unless you have asthma or a genetic cause of COPD&#41;. It's important to ensure that you were diagnosed by a pulmonologist. You should have had a pulmonary function test. If not, ask for one. ...Read more

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I have COPD and have a cat in my home.My breathing has seemed to have worsened does having a cat in the home affect your breathi is having the cat in my home worsening my breathing? My breathing has seemed to have worsened after taking the cat into my hom

Asthma: Unfortunately it is very likely that the cat is causing your asthma to worsen. Pet dander is a common asthma trigger. You can always let your cat stay with a friend for a few days. Thoroughly clean your home to remove all remnants of the cat and assess your asthma symptoms. If they are improved or resolve completely then you have your answer. Good luck! ...Read more

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I've got both asthma and COPD I have to change a lot of things in my life..Can you advise me on how to keep my home asthma friendly?

I've got both asthma and COPD I have to change a lot of things in my life..Can you advise me on how to keep my home asthma friendly?

Asthma/copd: Consult with an allegy specialist to determine what you are allegic to and to teach you how to keep an allergy free house to help control. ...Read more

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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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