Shortness And Frequent Coughing In Smokers Aged 50 Years?
Hello, I want to ask you about my parents’ illness, my father is 50 years old, he is a smoker, he has been coughing for a long time, and finally his condition, we checked into the hospital. Previously my father was fat and bloated, after his BB treatment dropped dramatically, and now when he is tired his legs become swollen and blue. Sometimes he gets stuffy, his appetite goes down, and now he’s weak. That’s why yes, I do not understand what symptoms of the disease? And where should you start your treatment? Please help. Thanks.
Good afternoon, thank you for asking at HealthReplies.com. The condition that your father experienced, is not a specific condition and can occur due to a variety of possibilities. Among others are:
COPD or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
Fluid buildup in the lungs, such as pulmonary edema
Tumors and cancer
This condition is not specific because specifically about weight loss itself, the decrease can be caused by your father's intention to lose weight, it could be because his illness does cause his weight to drop, and it could be because his illness makes your father not have an appetite. For example, just a toothache person, his weight dropped not because of his toothache, but because his teeth were made to chew. While in cancer, the disease itself causes weight loss.
Therefore, the right step for your father to do is re-check himself. It can start with an internist (or a GP at the health center, if your father uses BPJS) and expresses the complaint that your father feels the most right now. The doctor will try to get away from the complaint, and try to dig up your father's illness history so far. Your father will also be given a brief physical examination, and then may be carried out supporting examinations such as chest x-rays, liver function tests, kidney function tests and so forth that can describe the clinical condition of your father in more detail.
From this it will be known whether your father's illness is indeed a disease that occurs continuously or more than one that occurs close together, and what is the best treatment, including when it turns out to be needed by other specialists outside the internist, such as a lung doctor, cardiologist or oncologist .
Meanwhile, what is also important for your father is to always think positively, avoid stress and cigarette smoke, want to fight the lack of appetite by eating lots of healthy foods such as vegetables, fruit and meat, adequate rest, and immediately consult a doctor. So, hopefully answering your question.