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He's coughing a lot and the doctor said he has copd. Is COPD a communicable disease?
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Dr. Aaron Milstone
Internal Medicine - Pulmonology
3 doctors agree
In brief: No
COPD (emphysema/chronic bronchitis) is not a communicable disease.
It usually occurs in past or current smokers and can sometimes have a genetic predisposition (ie patients with Alpha one antitrypsin deficiency). One patient cannot typically give another patient the disease by cough, touch, kissing, etc.

In brief: No
COPD (emphysema/chronic bronchitis) is not a communicable disease.
It usually occurs in past or current smokers and can sometimes have a genetic predisposition (ie patients with Alpha one antitrypsin deficiency). One patient cannot typically give another patient the disease by cough, touch, kissing, etc.
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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: No...
Copd, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is a lung disease usually caused by smoking.
Emphysema and chronic bronchitis are forms of copd. Smoking cessation is needed. Other treatments are determined by your doctor. It is a slowly progressive disease that is incurable.

In brief: No...
Copd, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is a lung disease usually caused by smoking.
Emphysema and chronic bronchitis are forms of copd. Smoking cessation is needed. Other treatments are determined by your doctor. It is a slowly progressive disease that is incurable.
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Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
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In brief: No, it is not
COPD is not contagious at all.
It is damage to the lung from smoking. You can't "catch" copd. If you smoke or inhale smoke, you can possibly get copd, though.

In brief: No, it is not
COPD is not contagious at all.
It is damage to the lung from smoking. You can't "catch" copd. If you smoke or inhale smoke, you can possibly get copd, though.
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Dr. Mark Avdalovic
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
In brief: No
COPD is a chronic disease of the airways usually brought on by smoking.
It is not contagious. It can be manged with medications and greatly improved if the patient stops smoking.

In brief: No
COPD is a chronic disease of the airways usually brought on by smoking.
It is not contagious. It can be manged with medications and greatly improved if the patient stops smoking.
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