Symptoms of Emphysema
Emphysema is a progressive disease, so it develops slowly in different stages throughout time. Because of this, it’s important to learn its symptoms to identify it in its early stages and develop an effective treatment.
Emphysema cannot be cured, so developing an effective treatment in its early stages will help manage its symptoms and slow its progression.
The symptoms of emphysema include the following:
- Shortness of breath – you have trouble breathing, especially during physical activity. This gets worse as the disease progresses.
- Wheezing – Your breathing is accompanied by a strained, wheezing sound.
- Fatigue – Because your organs and muscles receive less oxygen, you get tired more easily and frequently.
- Bluish hue to the lips or fingernail beds – Lack of oxygen in the bloodstream can produce a bluish or grayish hue in these areas of the body.
These symptoms may be signs of another condition, so it’s important to seek medical help for a proper diagnosis and treatment.
Emphysema is mainly caused by smoking, so if you’ve ever smoked or have been exposed to high amounts of secondhand smoke, you should be on alert for these symptoms.
What to do if you have emphysema
If you’ve been diagnosed with emphysema, don’t lose hope. Even in its advanced stages, there is still help available. At the Lung Health Institute, we specialize in developing natural treatments to fight lung disease effectively.
Our Lung Restoration Treatment™ uses your body’s own blood cells to target lung infection and help reduce inflammation. Contact us today to speak with a patient coordinator to learn more about your treatment options and set up an appointment with one of our medical professionals.