How do I manage emphysema on a daily basis?

The difficulty of managing emphysema on a daily basis depends on the severity of your condition. If you are diagnosed early enough, you may be able to significantly slow the progression of emphysema and otherwise continue your lifestyle. Of course, for smokers this will mean giving up cigarettes. No exceptions.

For those who have more severe cases of emphysema, managing the disease will be more difficult. It is important to follow the treatment plan prescribed by your doctor. This might mean taking medication on a daily basis and making more of an effort to live a healthier lifestyle. It may mean avoiding things and places that can make breathing difficult. It may mean going for pulmonary rehabilitation, with teaches exercises to help make breathing easier, and practicing these. It also might mean breathing with an oxygen tank for the rest of your life.

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Emphysema is difficulty breathing due to air trapped in the lung, resulting in reduced lung capacity. Smoking is usually the cause, as it damages the linings of the air sacs in the lungs making them close. This leads to areas of t...

rapped air in your lungs. Other causes may include coal dust and other pollutants. Your lungs enlarge to compensate, but there are limits to this. Treatment may be medical and include oxygen support, medication and respiratory therapy. Of course stopping smoking is always recommended. Surgical treatment by cutting out damaged portions of the lungs and reducing lung volume is also effective.

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