Emphysema is a lung condition that causes shortness of breath. In people with emphysema, the air sacs in the lungs (alveoli) are damaged. Over time, the inner walls of the air sacs weaken and rupture — creating larger air spaces instead of many small ones.
Occurs or worsens with exertion
Rapid heart rate
Abnormally rapid breathing
Cough with mucus or without mucus
Lasting 4 weeks or more
Production of clear-white mucus, Production of yellowish-gray mucus
Pink skin all over the body
or Loss of muscle mass
Bluish discoloration of the skin
History of allergy
or Breathing in dust, smoke or chemicals for a long period of time
or Recent contact/exposure to animals
Family history of obstructive lung disease
If you have Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, then a visit to a pulmonologist is highly recommended.