Emphysema is not a curable disease, so it’s important to learn its symptoms to know when to seek medical attention for a proper diagnosis and treatment. The goal of treatment is to assist with managing its symptoms and help you Breathe Easier™ again.
The symptoms of emphysema include the following:
- Shortness of breath
- Bluish hue to the lips or fingernail beds
Emphysema shares symptoms with other lung conditions, so seeking attention from a medical professional when you experience these symptoms can help you get treatment that you need.
Causes of emphysema
IEmphysema is primarily caused by the presence of irritants in your lungs that invoke inflammation as a response. Because of this, the number one cause of inflammation is smoking.
If you smoke, have ever smoked in the past or have been exposed to a lot of secondhand smoke, you may be at a higher risk for developing emphysema.
Smoking is not the only cause of emphysema, though. If you experience the symptoms of emphysema and have never smoked, it may be related to the following:
- Exposure to dust – Living or working in environments with poor ventilation and exposure to dust, chemical fumes, asbestos, smoke and air pollution can increase your risk of emphysema.