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Tuesday, May 21, 2013
COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)
Does Emphysema Get Worse?
emphysema get worst if I live with a smoker?
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Secondhand smoke is a major irritant to the lungs and airways. It can both cause and worsen respiratory conditions. Everyone should avoid second-hand smoke. Those with COPD are particularly at risk, often developing an increase in symptoms of shortness of breath, coughing and mucus production with second-hand smoke exposure. People with COPD or emphysema should not allow smoking in their homes, if possible. If anyone wants to smoke, ask him or her to smoke outside.
Michael E Ezzie, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care & Sleep
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University