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Can very early stage emphysema be treated?
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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes...
Treatment includes bronchodilator and steroid inhalers as well as treating infections early and aggressively.
Smoking cessation at this stage is critical to decrease airway inflammation and slow disease progression. If your blood oxygen level is low enough, supplemental oxygen is prescribed.

In brief: Yes...
Treatment includes bronchodilator and steroid inhalers as well as treating infections early and aggressively.
Smoking cessation at this stage is critical to decrease airway inflammation and slow disease progression. If your blood oxygen level is low enough, supplemental oxygen is prescribed.
Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Dr. Michael DePietro
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
The single most important thing to do is discontinue smoking.
After that early stage disease would be treated by the use of an inhaled bronchodilator ( a medicine to open the airways) which may help exercise tolerance, pulmonary rehab which is a graded supervised exercise program that will help teach one about the disease and also helps improve exercise tolerance. A flu shot yearly as well.

In brief: Yes
The single most important thing to do is discontinue smoking.
After that early stage disease would be treated by the use of an inhaled bronchodilator ( a medicine to open the airways) which may help exercise tolerance, pulmonary rehab which is a graded supervised exercise program that will help teach one about the disease and also helps improve exercise tolerance. A flu shot yearly as well.
Dr. Michael DePietro
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Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine
In brief: Emphysema.
Emphysema is a destruction of lung tissue with resultant reduction in oxygen and carbon dioxide exchange and respiratory effort.
It's usually due to smoking but could be due to other medial conditions. It's treatable but not curable. Symptoms of shortness of breath can be treated with inhaled medications taken daily.

In brief: Emphysema.
Emphysema is a destruction of lung tissue with resultant reduction in oxygen and carbon dioxide exchange and respiratory effort.
It's usually due to smoking but could be due to other medial conditions. It's treatable but not curable. Symptoms of shortness of breath can be treated with inhaled medications taken daily.
Dr. Dean Giannone
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Dr. Dennis Clifford
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
In brief: Yes
First, quit smoking.
There are several types of medications which relax the airways and improve airflow. These are called beta agonists and anticholinergics. Some are short acting, others can last for 12-24 hours.

In brief: Yes
First, quit smoking.
There are several types of medications which relax the airways and improve airflow. These are called beta agonists and anticholinergics. Some are short acting, others can last for 12-24 hours.
Dr. Dennis Clifford
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