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Is COPD a bacteria or viral infection?
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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine
3 doctors agree
In brief: Neither...
Copd, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is a disease usually caused by smoking.
It is chronic, incurable and slowly progressive. The disease itself is not a result of infection.

In brief: Neither...
Copd, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is a disease usually caused by smoking.
It is chronic, incurable and slowly progressive. The disease itself is not a result of infection.
Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Dr. Kathleen Cullen
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: No
COPD stands for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in which there is trapping of airflow that is not completely reversible with inhaled medications.
Examples are emphysema and chronic bronchitis.It can be caused by smoking, environmental exposures, and rarely from Alpha 1 antitrypsin deficiency which is hereditary.Although an infection cannot cause copd, it can certainly worsen COPD patients.

In brief: No
COPD stands for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in which there is trapping of airflow that is not completely reversible with inhaled medications.
Examples are emphysema and chronic bronchitis.It can be caused by smoking, environmental exposures, and rarely from Alpha 1 antitrypsin deficiency which is hereditary.Although an infection cannot cause copd, it can certainly worsen COPD patients.
Dr. Kathleen Cullen
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Dr. Aaron Milstone
Internal Medicine - Pulmonology
In brief: No
COPD is a destructive lung disease linked to tobacco smoking.
It is not a viral or bacterial disease but may increase your susceptibility to both.

In brief: No
COPD is a destructive lung disease linked to tobacco smoking.
It is not a viral or bacterial disease but may increase your susceptibility to both.
Dr. Aaron Milstone
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Dr. Cecily Kelly
Family Medicine
In brief: No
COPD is a chronic lung disease that stands for "chronic obstructive pulmonary disease" it is also commonly called chronic bronchitis.
When you have this disease your lungs are more susceptible to infection and has a more difficult time healing properly. Because of this your doctor may prescribe you antibiotics for your infection because it is likely bacterial.

In brief: No
COPD is a chronic lung disease that stands for "chronic obstructive pulmonary disease" it is also commonly called chronic bronchitis.
When you have this disease your lungs are more susceptible to infection and has a more difficult time healing properly. Because of this your doctor may prescribe you antibiotics for your infection because it is likely bacterial.
Dr. Cecily Kelly
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Dr. Paige Gutheil
Family Medicine
In brief: No
Neither. COPD is called chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
It is a condition in which the lungs to not expand and contract properly and can causes symptoms similar to bronchitis on a chronic basis. Sometimes in flare-ups, one can have a viral infection or bacterial infection that complicates copd, but it is not an infection in and of itself.

In brief: No
Neither. COPD is called chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
It is a condition in which the lungs to not expand and contract properly and can causes symptoms similar to bronchitis on a chronic basis. Sometimes in flare-ups, one can have a viral infection or bacterial infection that complicates copd, but it is not an infection in and of itself.
Dr. Paige Gutheil
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Dr. Perry Sexton
Family Medicine
In brief: No
COPD is not an infection of any kind but the result of years of damage to the lungs and airways.
This makes it more difficult for these patients to move the air in or out but does no have any infection causing it. Tragically, there is no antibiotic that can cure it either.

In brief: No
COPD is not an infection of any kind but the result of years of damage to the lungs and airways.
This makes it more difficult for these patients to move the air in or out but does no have any infection causing it. Tragically, there is no antibiotic that can cure it either.
Dr. Perry Sexton
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Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine
In brief: No
While COPD exacerbations can be caused by bacterial or viral infections, COPD is caused mainly by cigarette smoking or second hand smoke exposure.

In brief: No
While COPD exacerbations can be caused by bacterial or viral infections, COPD is caused mainly by cigarette smoking or second hand smoke exposure.
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Dr. Andrew Carroll
Family Medicine
In brief: No
At this time, it is not felt that COPD has an infectious component to causation.
However, you are more susceptible to lung and airway infections if you have copd.

In brief: No
At this time, it is not felt that COPD has an infectious component to causation.
However, you are more susceptible to lung and airway infections if you have copd.
Dr. Andrew Carroll
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