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What is the best treatment for emphysema?

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Dr. William Walsh
Addiction Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: Stop smoking!

Stopping smoking and (if needed) wearing oxygen are the two treatments with clear benefits.
Weight loss (if overweight), exercise, and inhalers reduce the number of hospitalizations a patient has. Rare causes of emphysema (alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency) can be treated directly, but there is no treatment that reverses the lung injury caused by the disease.

In brief: Stop smoking!

Stopping smoking and (if needed) wearing oxygen are the two treatments with clear benefits.
Weight loss (if overweight), exercise, and inhalers reduce the number of hospitalizations a patient has. Rare causes of emphysema (alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency) can be treated directly, but there is no treatment that reverses the lung injury caused by the disease.
Dr. William Walsh
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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Several...

Typical treatments for COPD include bronchodilator and steroid inhalers.
Oxygen therapy is prescribed if the blood oxygen level is low enough to warrant it. The best therapy is smoking cessation which will slow the disease progression and decrease symptoms. There is no cure and it is a slowly progressive disease.

In brief: Several...

Typical treatments for COPD include bronchodilator and steroid inhalers.
Oxygen therapy is prescribed if the blood oxygen level is low enough to warrant it. The best therapy is smoking cessation which will slow the disease progression and decrease symptoms. There is no cure and it is a slowly progressive disease.
Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Dr. Michael DePietro
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
2 doctors agree

In brief: Same as COPD

Emphysema is treated with the following measures: 1) quite smoking.
This is a must will preserve lung function. 2) inhaled medicines. The exact ones vary, but they help open airways and/ or decrease inflammation in the airways making it easier to breath. 3) flu and pneumonia vaccines. 4) pulmonary rehab ( an exercise and teaching program that helps breathe 5) severe disease has surgical options.

In brief: Same as COPD

Emphysema is treated with the following measures: 1) quite smoking.
This is a must will preserve lung function. 2) inhaled medicines. The exact ones vary, but they help open airways and/ or decrease inflammation in the airways making it easier to breath. 3) flu and pneumonia vaccines. 4) pulmonary rehab ( an exercise and teaching program that helps breathe 5) severe disease has surgical options.
Dr. Michael DePietro
Dr. Michael DePietro
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