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What holiday location can you recommend to help sufferers of COPD and emphysema?

What holiday location can you recommend to help sufferers of COPD and emphysema?

Where u love to be: Any location that speaks to them. For those on oxygen, caution with air travel and high altitudes. Lodging should have easy access, no long stairs to climb, avoid long hikes, consider availability of medical facilities, including pharmacies, bring enough medications. Do not forget about seasonal allergies if they are a problem. ...Read more

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Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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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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Help please? I want to know what are some of the lung ailments in copd?

Help please? I want to know what are some of the lung ailments in copd?

Cough and breathing: COPD stands for chronic obstructive lung disease, the manifestations include cough shortness of breath and mucous production. Most common cause is smoking. Patients with COPD can have inflamed airways or loss of lung tissue, called emphysema. The symptoms can be controlled with medication. The disease is diagnosed with a breathing test called spirometry. ...Read more

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What can I do to help offset the symptoms of raynaud's disease?

What can I do to help offset the symptoms of raynaud's disease?

Avoid cold, triggers: Other than treating the underlying condition(s) causing raynaud's symptoms, avoiding emotional stress, keeping warm, not smoking, and avoiding caffeine, some medications can help. Nifedipine, diltiazem, losartan, and prazosin have been used in patients with raynaud's phenomenon, to block vasospasm and/or relax vessels so they can dilate to let more blood flow through them. ...Read more

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Hi doctor, What kind of food help the lungs to eliminate tar and all chemical garbage in the lung for an ex smoker? And do you have others tips?

Hi doctor, 

What kind of food help the lungs to eliminate tar and all chemical garbage in the lung for an ex smoker? And do you have others tips?

Smoke free: Remaining smoke free is the way to help your lungs clear themselves from smoking related debris. I am unaware of any food that will speed this process. ...Read more

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What do the japanese use to help ease the asthsma attacks due to pollution?

What do the japanese use to help ease the asthsma attacks due to pollution?

Same as US: The treatment for asthma , to the best of my knowledge, is not different from the us regardless of the cause. In the old days, the japanese used to use gold to treat asthma but this has never been adapted in the us and mostly abandoned. ...Read more

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Help please? I want to know what are the impacts of exercise and caffeine on pulmonary function testing?

Help please? I want to know what are the impacts of exercise and caffeine on pulmonary function testing?

Improvements: in lung function testing, albeit mild. Caffeine has similar but much less potent effects as an old asthma medication known as theophylline(a bronchodilatory). It has been shown to improve FEV1 and mid?expiratory flow rates by 5% or so. Exercise seems to have more wide sweeping effects in PFTs(even more so in asthmatic patients) than caffeine but again the overall effect is still modest. ...Read more

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What can someone do to breath easier (with asthma and the flu)?

What can someone do to breath easier (with asthma and the flu)?

Depends: If you have both then you need to use your rescue inhaler regularly until your flu resolves. If that does not help your breathing you need to either call your doctor or got to see a doctor. ...Read more

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What ways can a sjogrens and fibromyalgia patient benefit from weed? What ways are best to consume it? If they make it legal. I'm tired of suffering .

What ways can a sjogrens and fibromyalgia patient benefit from weed? What ways are best to consume it? If they make it legal. I'm tired of suffering .

Might not be the: Best thing for sjogrens as smoking marijuana tends to dry you out and can aggravate sjogrens symptoms. As for fibro, it can help with calming pain sensations centrally, muscle relaxation and possibly even myofascial relaxation, but the act of smoking can cause increased inflammation. Have you tried meds like Cymbalta (duloxetine) or does that aggravate your sjogrens? Best wishes and my thoughts are with you! ...Read more

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Are there lifestyle habits I can change to get some asthma relief and reduce my risk of an asthma attack?

Are there lifestyle habits I can change to get some asthma relief and reduce my risk of an asthma attack?

Yes: Probably most important would be to stop smoking if you smoke. If you live with someone who smokes, encourage them to quit. Everyone with asthma should know their triggers and then you can take steps to avoid them. Triggers can include: cold weather, pet dander, perfume, colds, smoke, other airborne allergens, others. If you know your asthma is triggered by cats, for ex., take steps to avoid them. ...Read more

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What amount of the Gerson therapy would you recommend for severe allergies? Also, any advice on how to stay clean enough?

What amount of the Gerson therapy would you recommend for severe allergies?  Also,  any advice on how to stay clean enough?

No amount: Gerson therapy is an unproven form of treatment without any scientific basis . I suppose if you have an unknown food allergy, and the diet happens to eliminate that food, you may be in luck. You may also enjoy some transient relief in nasal congestion because of the norepinephrine and adrenaline released from the torture of colonics. Water-boarding can do the same. ...Read more

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How would you suggest that i naturally reduce the symptoms of asthma?

Asthma: You should know what triggers it and acoid it, get tested for allergies. Also a long term natural way to treat asthma associated with allergies is allergen desensitization or allergy shots, consult an allergist to best manage your asthma. ...Read more

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Does blocked nose, weakness and boils have a link with HIV or smoking? I need help to quit smoking, which are the best ways?

Does blocked nose, weakness and boils have a link with HIV or smoking? I need help to quit smoking, which are the best ways?

That's kind of: Broad. Do you have hiv? If high risk u should be getting checked. Smoking will definately add to nasal congestion and that can make u feel weak. The boils are unrelated to this process and you may carry staph. You sound like u need to get checked. ...Read more

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Help please? I want to know what are some of the physical effects of chronic stress?

Help please? I want to know what are some of the physical effects of chronic stress?

Chronic stress: Stress symptoms can include feeling nervous or irritable, muscle tension (especially in neck, shoulders ; back), poor quality or minimal sleep, lack of concentration ; easy fatiguability. Lump in throat or butterfly in stomach sensation can occur. ...Read more

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How can you tell f your asthma is severe or is having asthma already bad? What are the differences of asthma?

How can you tell f your asthma is severe or is having asthma already bad? What are the differences of asthma?

Many levels: There are several criteria that are followed to characterize asthma, including symptoms, nocturnal symptoms, impairment of physical activity and use of resuce inhaler and dose of medications needed to control symptoms. Spirometry also aids in determining how affected the lung function is. ...Read more

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I'm in desperate need of advice on how to relieve a persistant cough. Can you help?

I'm in desperate need of advice on how to relieve a persistant cough. Can you help?

ENT or Chest Doc.: A persistent cough may result from a hypersensitive larynx which is a well documented entity. This diagnosis requires a well trained laryngologist (ENT Doc) or a pulmonologist to rule out any type of bronchitis, pneumonia, or asthma as a cause of persistent cough. ...Read more

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What are good areas to live with asthma and allergies?

What are good areas to live with asthma and allergies?

Hard to answer: I am guessing you concern about pollution, different tress and plants (hay fever types) and hot or cold temperatures. Its hard to answer without specifics. If you triggers are indoor types like animal dander, dust mites, etc , moving to another part of the country may not help. Talk this over with your physician. Good luck. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of anxiety and social anxiety? Also how can you tell if you're going to have a panic attack?

What are the symptoms of anxiety and social anxiety? Also how can you tell if you're going to have a panic attack?

Too many questions: To answer in 400 characters. I will respond for anxiety. Anxiety symptoms can include feeling nervous or irritable, muscle tension (especially in neck, shoulders ; back), poor quality or minimal sleep, lack of concentration ; easy fatiguability. Lump in throat or butterfly in stomach sensation can occur. Sometimes the worst thing about anxiety is not being able to put your finger on the reason. ...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


Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Emphysema (Definition)

A group of lung diseases that block airflow and make ...Read more