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COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)

Do I have emphysema?

01/27/2009

Question:

hi dr.

I am currently 19 years old and i`ve been smoking a little over 1 year and the past 3 months i have experienced shortness of breath or difficult breathing. I have no problem with inhaling but when i exhale i noticed i wheezed. In addition, i sometime feel tired and difficult to concentrate in my study. I`ve been diagnosed with asthma medications and my inhale is Aerosol inhaler. I`m really worried about my health and i`ve been cutting down on smoking to 2 cigarettes a day but I`m planning to quit permanently soon.

Answer:

Thank you for visiting NetWellness. On this site, NetWellness experts try to answer general questions about health. Only a health professional performing a thorough clinical exam is able to evaluate your symptoms.

In general, wheezing can be associated with several conditions, including asthma. Smoking cigarettes can also make asthma and wheezing worse.

It is highly recommended that people with asthma quit smoking. A thorough evaluation by a physician including a complete history, exam, and breathing tests can assist in answering your question and improving your symptoms.

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Response by:

Michael E Ezzie, MD Michael E Ezzie, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care & Sleep
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University