Emphysema - Frequently Asked Questions

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Last Updated on Dec 31, 2016
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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Which specialist do I need to consult for emphysema?

You can consult a general physician or a chest physician.

2. Do I have to live with COPD for the rest of my life?

Unfortunately, COPD has no cure, but with medications, supportive measures, diet and lifestyle changes, one can lead a full and productive life. Certain precautions such as stopping smoking, avoiding exposure to pollutants and lung irritants, and regular vaccinations against flu and pneumococcus need to be taken to avoid respiratory infections that could aggravate COPD.

3. How does good nutrition help in emphysema?

A healthy and balanced diet is important for everyone. More so in emphysema. This is because one needs to put in more effort than normal to breathe. This requires more energy and therefore intake of more calories is essential.

4. What are some of the ways I can conserve my energy in COPD?
  • Take frequent breaks from work
  • Certain chores can be done sitting down
  • Keep things that you need regularly within easy reach
  • Ask persons close to you for help
  • Wear dresses and footwear that can be put on or removed with minimum fuss

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