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What are the causes of emphysema?

What are the causes of emphysema?

What causes pulmonary emphysema?

  • Smoking (the main cause)
  • Exposure to air pollution, such as chemical fumes, dust, and other substances.
  • Irritating fumes and dusts at work.
  • A rare, inherited form of the disease called alpha 1-antitrypsin (AAT) deficiency-related pulmonary emphysema or early onset pulmonary emphysema.

What causes emphysema in a non smoker?

The environment – The environment is one reason for non-smokers getting COPD. Though these patients are not purposefully inhaling chemicals and toxins, they are breathing in everyday air that holds these things. Air pollution cannot be avoided in today’s world.

Can emphysema be cured?

Emphysema and COPD can’t be cured, but treatments can help relieve symptoms and slow the progression of the disease.

How can you identify the symptoms of emphysema?


  • Coughing
  • Bringing up phlegm (if chronic bronchitis also is present)
  • Tightness feeling in the chest
  • Barrel-like distended chest
  • Constant fatigue
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Morning headaches
  • Weight loss
  • Swelling of the ankles
  • What are the early signs of emphysema?

    Early Symptoms of Emphysema. You can have emphysema for years and not know it. But there is one major symptom and it usually starts slowly: shortness of breath.

    What can be done to relieve symptoms of emphysema?

    Reduce Stress. Stress wreaks havoc on the body’s physical functions as much as an individual’s mental health.

  • Avoid Cold Air.
  • N-Acetylcysteine.
  • Ginseng.
  • Vitamin D.
  • Essential Oils.
  • Physical Exercise.
  • Stay Hydrated.
  • Healthy Eating.
  • Breathing Techniques.
  • What are the four stages of emphysema?

    There are four stages of emphysema: at-risk, mild emphysema, moderate emphysema, and severe emphysema.