Is COPD a common lung disease?

Yes... There are different forms of COPD but, in general, it is a pretty common disease, usually caused by smoking. It is not curable so avoiding smoking is needed to prevent the disease. If you smoke, quitting will decrease your risk and decrease symptoms if already diagnosed with copd.
Yes. Unfortunately, yes. It's the outcome of years of smoking typically. Eventually, putting all of those pollutants into lungs has a consequence.
Yes. COPD is not only a relatively common disease it can seriously affect the quality and length of someones life. It affects approximately 2 million people in the us and accounts for over 100, 000 deaths each year. The number one cause is cigarette smoking.
Yes. More people have asthma bit more people die of copd. It is on the rise and although the influence of smoke is not questioned the rise in prevalence suggsets that other environmental factor also contribute. Women are now outnumbering men with this diagnosis!
Yes. It is probably more common than we know since many americans are undiagnosed at this time. Approximately ten million have severe disease and it is the third leading cause of death. Asthma is more prevalent but not as deadly.

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What is COPD lung disease? How do I treat it?

COPD.... Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is a group of diseases where the airways are obstructed to airflow. Smoking is a common cause. Chronic bronchitis and emphysema are examples of COPD diseases. There is no cure and the diseases are slowly progressive. Treatments include bronchodilator and steroid inhalers, oxygen and smoking cessation. Tests are done to confirm the disease so see your doctor! Read more...

I've had COPD for 8 years now how long can a person live haveing this lung disease?

Difficult to answer. There are many factors to consider such as: still smoking, stage of copd, and other diseases (comorbidities). Non drug threapy like pulmonary rehabilitation, lung reduction, and other therapies can contribute to both quality of life and longevity. COPD is a progressive disease and to put a number on it is difficult. Discuss all alternatives with your pulmonologist . Read more...
Difficult. It is very difficult to give a prognosis in copd. Some patients with very low levels of lung function (fev1) can live for many years. Low activity levels seem to be associated with a worse prognosis. Read more...

Hi dr. I had lung diseases COPD so can you suggest lung exercise which improve my disease stage.

Not absolutely. Stop smoking avoid other inhalants weight reduction possibly incentive spirometers possibly bronchodilators pulmonary rehab with strengthening. Read more...
Yes. Above all, absolutely, positively no smoking or be exposed to second hand smoke. Damage on lung parenchyma usually permanent, damage to airway mucosa improves after quiting smoking. Progression of emphysema and cardiovascular illnesses over the years significantly slows down by quiting smoking. Read more...

If a 59 year old woman has COPD and lung disease. Can she be elligible for the h1n1 vaccine?

Yes and no. In principle, there are no contraindications for her receiving the vaccine in the case that we have an epidemic, when we vaccinate anyone wit chronic lung disease. Read more...
H1N1 IS IN FLU VACCI. Since last year we are not giving h1n1 vaccine as it has been incorporated in the annual flu vaccine so a 59 years old with COPD should get annual flu vaccine which also has h1n1.We do not have h1n1 vaccine alone any more since last year as there is no need for it. Read more...

Tested MS phenotype of alpha 1. diangosis with COPD in my 20s. History of Smoking w/ asthma. Is the alpha 1 playing a major role in my lung disease?

Its deficiency, yes. alpha 1 antripsin deficiency does affect the lungs, as the enzyme plays a major role in defending the lung tissues, refrain from smoking and being around smokers, take medicines as prescribed and keep your follow up appointments, goodluck. Read more...

My husband has developed large brown water blisters on his lower legs, can they be related to his lung diseases ipf and copd?

Blisters on Legs. Blisters on the legs can be caused by:an allergic reaction, herpes simplex, infections like staph, fungal infections, drug eruptions, diabetes, contact dermatitis, an autoimmune disorder like bullous pemphigoid. Treatment depends on the cause. See your local dermatologist for a diagnosis and treatment. Read more...
It can be. People with COPD can develop pulmonary hypertension and right heart failure which manifests with leg edema. But if he has blisters he may have underlying cellulitis or venous insufficiency. Please check with your doctor. Read more...
Maybe. Both disease can enlarge the right side of the heart. This in turn can cause edema or swelling in the legs. If severe enough you can get water blisters on the front of the legs. Read more...