Emphysema — Its Effects On The Elderly

What is emphysema?

But shortness of breath is such a light symptom that people ignore it. This results in emphysema in the elderly and sometimes they go years without noticing anything serious. By the time it does get serious and they consult medical help, it is too late to return to normalcy.

Emphysema is a type of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). No known cure can completely treat it. But there are some ways to manage it and it can certainly be prevented.

The root of emphysema

Fighting the disease

If you’re living in the vicinity of a factory that belches out chemical fumes or if you work in one, a change of environment can do a world of good. The same goes for living in cities with bad air quality. If moving is not possible, then wearing a mask can help mitigate the problem to a small extent. An N-95 mask would be the best option, but if that’s not available, even a simple mask would be better than nothing.

Shortness of breath is such a light symptom that many of the elderly blame it on ageing or lack of fitness. But the keyword in COPD is ‘chronic’. If shortness of breath persists, even for simple activities like walking short distances, bathing or getting dressed, then getting yourself checked by a doctor is imperative.

Proper acknowledgement of symptoms is the best way to prevent emphysema in the elderly. And prevention altogether comes down to lifestyle choices. The ball is always in your court.

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