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Do I Have Emphysema?

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One of the most common lung diseases is emphysema. According to the National Emphysema Foundation ʺan estimated 3.1 million Americans have been diagnosed with emphysema.ʺ The American Lung Association claims more than 94 percent of patients diagnosed with emphysema are 45 years or older.

Emphysema is one form of chronic obstructive airways disease (COPD). Emphysema was known as the smoking man’s disease. But, recently women are being diagnosed more than men. Some research has shown women’s lungs are more sensitive than men’s lungs.

If you have emphysema, damage to your lungs is irreversible. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), emphysema causes the walls between the air sacs in the lungs to lose their ability to stretch and shrink back. Over time, the air your breath becomes trapped in the lungs because of your air sacs are weakened and damaged.

Risk factors of emphysema include the following:

• Smoking
• Exposure to heavy amounts of pollution
• Exposure to heavy amounts of secondhand smoke
• Exposure to certain gases or fumes in the workplace
• Frequent use of cooking fire without proper ventilation

According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM), ʺbecause the symptoms of COPD develop slowly, some people may not know that they are sick.ʺ The NLM states symptoms of emphysema include:

• Wheezing
• Cough, with or without mucus
• Shortness of breath (dyspnea)
• Limited exercise tolerance (breathing gets worse with mild activity)
• Trouble catching one's breath
• Fatigue
• Many respiratory infections

The Harvard Medical School states emphysema ʺcan be diagnosed by breathing tests and computed tomography (CT or CAT) scanning.ʺ

There is no cure for emphysema. However, your symptoms can be managed with exercise and medications. The NLM states the types of medications may include the following:

• Antibiotics
• Inhalers
• Anti-inflammatory medications
• Inhaled steroids
• Oxygen therapy
• Steroids by mouth or through a vein
• Bronchodilators through a nebulizer
• Assistance during breathing from a machine

Walking can improve your condition as well as strengthen your legs.

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I was diagonose of Emphysema in 2010 and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) 3 years ago, our family doctor told me there was no cure but it can only be controled. Ever since then i have been running heather scepter looking for a solution to my problem because i was going to lose my Job if i dont get better, until i ran into this online testimony of Dr Lusanda who have been curing people of COPD with his herbal remedy i immediately contacted him via their email, to God be thy glory i bought this COPD herbal remedy and was cured within 3 weeks of usage, at last this is a break through for all COPD/emphysema patients contact this herbal clinic via their email drlusandaherbal(at)gmail(dot)com or website on www(dot)drlusandaherbal(dot)weebly(dot)com

August 1, 2016 - 6:01pm
EmpowHER Guest

I was diagnosed of Emphysema in February 2015, my doctor told me it has no permanent cure, i was given medication to ease the situation, this affected me so badly as i constantly go short of breath, this continued till a friend of mine Anna Madsen told me about Dr Ejiro from South Africa who cured her mother from emphysema, I contacted this herbal doctor and he sent me the herbal medicine through courier service, when i received it i applied it for 3 weeks as prescribed and was totally cured of emphysema within 18-20 days of usage. Contact this herbal doctor via his email ejiroherbalcure@gmail.com

February 6, 2016 - 7:50am
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