Emphysema is a form of chronic (long-term) lung disease and is the main type of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). People with emphysema have difficulty breathing due to a limited ability to blow air out. There are multiple causes of emphysema, but smoking is by far the most common. Emphysema has no cure, but quitting smoking may slow its progression. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about emphysema, what it looks like, how to treat it, and much more.
What Are the Symptoms of Emphysema?
If you have shortness of breath even after the slightest activity, this may be a symptom of emphysema. Learn the signs that let you know you may have this form of chronic lung disease.
What Are the End Stages of Emphysema?
You've got emphysema. Now what? WebMD explains the different stages of this disease and what you can expect during each one.
Emphysema, Chronic Bronchitis, and Colds
Catching colds when you have a chronic lung disease like COPD or emphysema can lead to serious respiratory infections. Learn more from WebMD about preventing and treating colds.
How Do Doctors Diagnose Emphysema?
You can’t tell whether you have emphysema just by looking at your symptoms. Your doctor will have to run a number of tests to know for sure. WedMD explains what those tests are and what they can tell your doctor about your lungs.
How to Recognize Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency (Alpha-1)
A rare type of emphysema can seriously damage your lungs. Learn the symptoms, tests, and treatments for alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, also called alpha-1 deficiency.
COPD: How to Quit Smoking
WebMD article on smoking cessation for people who have COPD.
Living With COPD: About Treatments, Exercise, and Diet
Living with COPD presents 13 million Americans with new challenges, and opportunities for better health. Are you one? Then read on.
Short of Breath? Tips for COPD Breathlessness
Anxiety and panic are normal reactions to feeling you can’t get your breath. It’s also hard to watch someone you care for struggle to breathe. WebMD offers tips that COPD patients and caregivers can use during episodes of breathlessness.