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COPD/Emphysema/Chronic Bronchitis

These diseases are common diseases associated with smoking.

Chronic Bronchitis

Chronic bronchitis is caused by inflammation and swelling of the bronchial tubes. The swollen and inflamed tubes secrete too much phlegm which further irritates and blocks the airways. The most common cause of chronic bronchitis is cigarette smoking. The inhaled smoke contains numerous irritants to the lung...

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Emphysema

The word “emphysema” comes from a Greek word meaning “to inflate”.  This occurs when small spaces in both lungs become permanently enlarged because of damage to their walls. These enlarged air spaces trap air in the lung (inflate) and interfere with normal lung function...

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The Use of Steroids

Steroids (prednisone, methylprednisolone, and dexamethasone) have been used to treat asthma and other lung diseases for over 25 years.  They are the most potent drugs used to treat asthma but, unfortunately, also have the largest number of unwanted side effects.

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