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I have severe COPD and I feel good most of the time, but get infections and end up hospitalized. Is it my immune system?

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Dr. Bryan Levey
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes...

And your lungs.
And possibly your medicines. And if the COPD is the result of lifestyle choices, then continuing to make those bad choices will contribute to the likelihood of illness and hospitalization as well.

In brief: Yes...

And your lungs.
And possibly your medicines. And if the COPD is the result of lifestyle choices, then continuing to make those bad choices will contribute to the likelihood of illness and hospitalization as well.
Dr. Bryan Levey
Dr. Bryan Levey
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Dr. Luis Villaplana
Internal Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Recent research

The answer to your question is yes.
You will develop chronic inflammation, scarring, circulation and mucus clearing problems that are additive over time. If you are having frequent hospital readmissions, please discuss with your lung and primary care doctors about chronic, long term treatment with azithtomycin, recently found to improve quality of life and decrease readmissions rates. Best of luck.

In brief: Recent research

The answer to your question is yes.
You will develop chronic inflammation, scarring, circulation and mucus clearing problems that are additive over time. If you are having frequent hospital readmissions, please discuss with your lung and primary care doctors about chronic, long term treatment with azithtomycin, recently found to improve quality of life and decrease readmissions rates. Best of luck.
Dr. Luis Villaplana
Dr. Luis Villaplana
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Dr. Klaus d Lessnau
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care

In brief: No

Good follow up with your lung doc is essential.

In brief: No

Good follow up with your lung doc is essential.
Dr. Klaus d Lessnau
Dr. Klaus d Lessnau
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