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How to prevent emphysema?

Many risk factors for emphysema can be completely eliminated. Smoking cessation is vital for those who smoke. Sources of indoor air pollution can be identified and removed. It's important to avoid secondhand smoke. The best method to prevent emphysema is to avoid smoking. Even patients with inherited emphysema should avoid smoking, as it especially worsens

the onset and severity. If patients quit smoking as soon as evidence of small airway obstruction begins, they can significantly improve their prognosis. Patients are cautioned to reduce exposure to air pollutants and to people who are ill with respiratory problems. Exposure to air pollutants should also be limited.

Patients with emphysema must be cautious in the use of sedation, since it can lead to acute ventilatory failure in these patients. People diagnosed with emphysema should ask their doctors about appropriate vaccinations against influenza (flu) and pneumococcal pneumonia. These vaccinations can help to prevent life-threatening respiratory infections in people with lung disease.

Sound nutrition, including vitamin supplementation, may help to prevent emphysema. Special attention should be given to the intake of antioxidants to prevent the breakdown of functional lung tissue by free radicals. Regular aerobic exercise builds up lung capacity and helps cleanse the lungs of stale air. Walking is an excellent choice, if one avoids polluted areas.

More information on emphysema

What is emphysema? - Emphysema is a lung disease that reduces the ability of the lungs to expel air, a process which depends upon the elastic properties of the lungs.
What causes emphysema? - Cigarette smoking is the major cause of emphysema. Among other causes of emphysema are industrial pollutants, aerosol sprays, non-tobacco smoke.
What're the risk factors for emphysema? - The primary risk factor for the development of emphysema is tobacco abuse. Air pollution is another risk factor for emphysema.
What are the complications of emphysema? - Emphysema patients are at increased risk of contracting recurrent respiratory infections and lung cancer. Emphysema is a very serious disease.
What are the symptoms of emphysema? - Symptoms of emphysema include shortness of breath on exertion, unexplained weight loss, increased chest size, wheezing or labored breathing.
How is emphysema diagnosed? - Diagnosis of emphysema begins with a medical history and physical examination. Lung function tests can identify emphysema in Stage 0.
What's the treatment for emphysema? - No treatment can reverse or stop emphysema, but steps can be taken to relieve symptoms, treat complications and minimize disability.
How to prevent emphysema? - Many risk factors for emphysema can be completely eliminated. The best method to prevent emphysema is to avoid smoking.
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