Emphysema is a chronic, progressive lung disease that causes decreased lung function. Emphysema results from damaged lung tissue, most often caused by many years of cigarette smoking. Emphysema is a life-long condition that shortens life expectancy. Currently, there is no cure.
Because emphysema is a progressive disease, there are often no symptoms in the beginning. But over time, labored breathing, wheezing and repeated lung or bronchial infections will occur. People with emphysema may develop lips and skin with a bluish tint, a persistent cough with phlegm, enlargement of the fingertips (finger clubbing), and even an enlargement of the rib cage to more of a barreled-chest shape.
Visit Healthcare Clinic for a complete physical evaluation if you suspect you may be developing emphysema. We will conduct an evaluation that may include testing to diagnose emphysema. You may require oral medications or inhaled medications to improve your breathing. We may refer you to a pulmonologist, or other healthcare provider for further evaluation and treatment.
If you have emphysema, visit Healthcare Clinic for assistance to better manage your symptoms. Treatment for emphysema is focused on relieving symptoms and slowing the progress and severity of the disease.
This treatment is available at Healthcare Clinic locations for patients 18 months and older.
If you believe you have a medical emergency, please call 911.