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.
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.
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.
6 Myths About Smoking
Some myths still linger about smoking. This article gives the facts and expert opinions on cigarettes and your health.
How Can I Avoid Gaining Weight When I Quit Smoking?
Kicking the habit doesn’t have to mean putting on extra pounds. Use these tips to keep your weight in check when you give up smoking.