If you have been diagnosed with bullous emphysema, you are probably experiencing breathing difficulties, as this disease affects the lungs. It is important to start treatment as soon as possible to avoid complications and to improve your breathing.
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Bullous emphysema is a chronic lung disease, whereby the tiny air sacs in the lungs (alveoli) become narrowed and damaged. This happens if the walls between them become thickened to the extent that they create pressure on the alveoli. In reverse, these walls can also be damaged and lead to the abnormal stretching of the alveoli. In both cases, bullous emphysema affects the functioning of the pulmonary system.
Most commonly, bullous emphysema develops as a complication of bronchitis and other infectious pulmonary diseases. It can also be caused by smoking and long-term exposure to air pollutants, such as dust or chemicals. People who work in adverse environmental conditions are most at risk. If bullous emphysema has developed because of smoking, it is imperative that the patient quit immediately in order to slow the progression of disease down. A person with a progressed stage of bullous emphysema will have considerable problems with their breathing, because the alveoli will at this point take up too much space in the lungs, creating pressure on other sections of the lungs. As bullous emphysema progresses, it becomes more and more difficult for the patient to breathe. Bullous emphysema can also affect other organs in the body, due to the shortage of oxygen caused by the breathing difficulties. Bullous emphysema is the second cause of death from pulmonary infections, with the first one being bronchitis.