What is it?

Emphysema is a disease of the lungs in which the small airways of the lungs are damaged. It is part of a group of diseases called COPD.

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms of emphysema include shortness of breath, wheezing and coughing.

What to expect?

If you are diagnosed with emphysema, you can consider discussing the following subjects with your doctor:

  • Patients diagnosed with emphysema undergo investigations such as spirometry (a test that measures lung function, specifically the amount and/or speed of air that can be inhaled and exhaled). What are the necessary investigations for you? Are there any preparations needed to undergo these tests?
  • Emphysema patients are often prescribed medication they will need to use lifelong. Is this the case for you as well?
  • Emphysema patients are regularly seen by their GP. Ask your GP how often should you see them?

With initial treatment by your GP, you can also do the following:

  • Follow a healthy diet as it can help manage and improve your symptoms.
  • Increase fluid Intake as it improves mucus collection in your airways. This mucus can be difficult to clear and result in persistent and uncontrollable coughing. One internal way you can improve this mucus problem is by drinking plenty of water throughout the day.
  • Exercise regularly, especially cardio workouts, so you can strengthen your respiratory muscles and improve your overall endurance.
  • Stop smoking.

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