Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a condition involving the lung’s airways and air sacs. Persons with COPD have chronic bronchitis and/or emphysema. Emphysema slowly destroys air sacs in your lungs, which obstructs outward air flow. Bronchitis causes inflammation and narrowing of the bronchial tubes, which allows mucus to build up.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, is an ongoing lung disorder that makes it hard to breathe.
Some causes are:
Smoking appears to be the greatest risk factor for COPD.
Other likely factors are:
Signs & Symptoms:
Tell-tale signs of COPD appear only when the disease has reached an advance stage. Some chronic obstructive pulmonary disease symptoms are:
The specialist at Medcare will first check your medical history and ask you whether you have difficulty in breathing, whether you cough all the time, if there is phlegm and tightness in your chest. A chest examination using a stethoscope will be conducted while you breathe in and out.
Some tests that are recommended before commencing medication:
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Getting back to normalcy and breathing comfortably is our objective when treating COPD. Treatment may include:
At Medcare we have pulmonary rehabilitation which encompasses exercise, disease management, nutrition, and therapy to help you feel better and healthier.
A: When you have COPD, your lungs don't work, normally. Due to swelling and mucus in the alveoli, which are tiny sacs in the lungs, the lungs are not able to push out the stale air and you do not receive enough fresh oxygen.
A: Bronchodilators are taken in through inhalers and their function is to relax the muscles around your airways to let more air into your lungs.
This provides relief when you have shortness of breath. Short-acting bronchodilators are used only when you experience symptoms of COPD as they work quickly. Long-acting bronchodilators are used every day to prevent symptoms. These bring down swelling in your airways.
A: Firstly avoid smoking! Avoid breathing in fumes, dust and smoke. Check if any family member has AAT deficiency. You can breathe better with lifestyle changes and medicines.
A: Yes, obstructive lung disease and COPD are the same things. Obstructive lung diseases or COPD make it difficult to exhale all the air present in your lungs. This causes shortness of breath with exertion.
COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is the proper medical term that is used to refer to obstructive lung diseases such as chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Doctors tend to use these interchangeably.
A: Smoking, genetic disorders and exposure to pollutants are some of the risk factors that can lead to COPD. If left untreated, COPD can prove to be life-threatening.
Do not leave COPD untreated. Consult a Medcare specialist today for proper diagnosis and treatment.
A: Managing Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, also known as COPD, primarily involves making lifestyle changes such as modifying your diet. Some of the foods you should avoid if you have COPD include-fried foods, aerated beverages and foods high in sodium as they directly put pressure on your breathing or cause discomfort in your body.
Other foods to abstain from if you are suffering from COPD include dairy products, cruciferous vegetables, cured and cold meats. Keeping a record of foods that make you feel bloated or increase your discomfort can further help you identify what to avoid.
Want to know more about the diet to follow if you have COPD? Consult a Medcare specialist today.
A: Although Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) cannot be cured, treatment can help you manage the symptoms and lead a better life. Taking bronchodilators is ideally one of the best treatment options. Bronchodilators essentially help the muscles in your lungs and your airways relax. They also expand the airways, allowing you to breathe easier. They can be taken through a nebuliser or an inhaler which allows the medicine to reach your lungs directly.
There are other treatments that you can try, such as oxygen therapy, corticosteroids, surgery, or even incorporating some lifestyle changes to make breathing easier.
Suffering from shortness of breath or a persistent cough? Book an appointment with a Medcare specialist today for treatment.
A: Many patients who suffer from COPD are seldom aware that certain medicines can make their condition worse.
Self-medication is always dangerous, so consult your doctor to ensure you don't take medication that deteriorates your condition.
Want to check what medication can be taken if you're suffering from COPD? Book an appointment with a Medcare specialist today.