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Sojourners Respiratory Disease
Depends on diagnosis: Whether or not a respiratory disease is considered permanent depends on the specific diagnosis. For example, one can have pneumonia or bronchitis infection that is curable and therefore temporary. Some diseases like "copd"--chronic obstructive pulmonary disease--would be considered long-standing. Hope this helps. ...Read more
Seek help: Start with your internist who may initiate some basic tests based on your symptoms and then may refer you to a pulmonologist who will diagnose and then treat. ...Read more
Many things: Having a chronic respiratory condition affects overall daily functioning. One cannot do much exertion or be outdoors in any extreme of weather, or in polluted air. Medication can help, but many patients still have some problems at least occasionally. ...Read more
I would say no: I would say the leading cause is smoking ...Read more
COPD: COPD stands foe Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease As the name says it is chronic disease of the airway which includesEmphysema and Chronic Bronchitis Most cases are caused by smoking and few others by pollution and occupational exposure COPD is not reversible and there is no cure for it. Progession of this condition can be minimised by smoking cessation and prevent the harmful exposure. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
COPD: Typically barrel chest is found in patients with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease); it is indicative of trapped air in the chest which affects the lateral (side) dimensions of the chest given the chest a rounded appearance. It is typically found in severe or very severe COPD although has occassionally being described in patients with less severe disease. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is there a connection between Respiratory Depression and Respiratory Disease?
i.e. can, respiratory depression be a sign of respiratory disease?
Respiratory problem: Respiratory depression is something that causes you to breath less often - either a drug, metabolic condition, or a brain problem generally. Respiratory disease can encompass respiratory depression, but is generally any process that affects the lungs, the respiratory muscles, or the airway and leads to either a reduction of C02 or oxygen exchange. ...Read more
Is a bronchospasm possible in someone without asthma or a respiratory disease? A single cough sets me off, and not even a forceful one!
Bronchospasm : Bronchospasm is possible at any time and for any reason. However, not all wheezing equates to bronchospasm. There are multiple reasons to produce the familiar whistling sound- chest auscultation is a must. Having said that, undiagnosed underlying reactive airway disease is certainly possible especially in your age group. Would suggest specialty evaluation after you see your primary doctor. ...Read more
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