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Various Information About Emphysema Treatment

Author : Mario Cora


Emphysema is actually a severe ailment of the lungs that happens to be a part of the chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). It's an ailment where an individual experiences severe trouble in breathing. An individual affected by Emphysema can easily inhale, however has got difficulty whilst breathing out. In this particular ailment the air sacs or the alveoli in the lungs generally get damaged. The lungs also lose the ability to stretch and contract.

Smoking is the actual cause of Emphysema. Due to long term use of tobacco the air passage becomes narrow thus making breathing difficult. An inherited protein deficiency is also considered as a cause. Negligible coughing as well as shortness of breath would be the very first signs of the ailment. Due to Emphysema blood is not able to carry adequate amount of oxygen thus lack of oxygen in the body causes fatigue.

The energy levels of people suffering from this ailment is very low.They are unable to work or exercise and feel tired and exhausted. Weight loss is also one of the symptoms of the condition. Whenever an individual affected by this problem consumes food, the stomach expands adding pressure on the diaphragm which thus puts pressure on the lungs because of which breathing becomes tough. Thus a person suffering from Emphysema generally avoids eating and also in many cases loss of appetite is a common symptom.

Emphysema is an irreversible condition. It cannot be fully cured. The impact it has and the complications it creates can however be certainly reduced. The most important thing towards Emphysema cure is to completely quit smoking. The ailment can also be aggravated by passive smoking.

The impact of the ailment can be reduced with the help of exercise. Going for walks or swimming can be the ideal form of workouts. Aditionally numerous breathing exercises and yoga can also be of help. Medicines to treat Emphysema are being researched. As on date the options to cure Emphysema are very few. Anticholinergics or bronchodilators are usually the prescribed medicines. Bronchodilators can be found in two kinds, one that is usually inhaled in addition to the one which is usually taken orally. In some cases steroid medications can also be of help.

Since the level of oxygen in the blood of the person affected by Emphysema is very low, they are usually told to take additional oxygen supply by the doctor to increase the level of oxygen in the blood.. Surgical treatment is also one of the options that may be considered to treat the condition. The damaged parts of the lungs are usually removed by surgery. If the situation is really very critical then lung transplantation is looked for as the last resource.

Emphysema is considered to be a 'silent killer' simply because by the time the specific symptoms of the ailment start apperaing, severe harm has already been caused to the lungs. The damage caused by it is irreparable. It is thus very important to consult a doctor as soon as the symptoms of the condition start appearing as the health of the person affected by it degenerates rapidly.


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