Information on Emphysema
Emphysema is a lung disease that typically develops after a long period of irritation and attack --typically from smoke or fumes. Cigarette smoking is the primary cause of emphysema, but long-term exposure to air pollution can cause it, too. People with this condition often experience shortness of breath. Other symptoms can include chronic mucus production, wheezing, and coughing.
Treatment options vary, but often include medications, oxygen therapy, or surgery. However, if smoking is the primary cause of your emphysema, the most important part of treatment is to stop smoking.
(Click Emphysema for more information on this degenerative disease, including a detailed look at how a diagnosis is made.)