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 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.
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.
Signs and 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.
COPD and the Flu: What to Know
The flu is hard to deal with, and if you have COPD, you need to do everything you can to avoid it.
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.
COPD: How to Quit Smoking
WebMD article on smoking cessation for people who have COPD.
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.
Living With COPD: Household Hazards to Avoid
Many homes harbor dust, fumes, germs, and other irritants that aggravate COPD symptoms like wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath, and chest tightness.
Slideshows & Images
Slideshow: How to Treat COPD
From bronchodilators to lung surgery, see the most common treatments for chronic obstructive lung disease.
Slideshow: 13 Best Quit-Smoking Tips Ever
Quitting smoking is not easy, but the many health benefits are worth it! Use these practical tips to kick the cigarette habit for good.