Facts About COPD

COPD is chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, one of the most common lung diseases; which makes it difficult to breathe.

The main goals of COPD treatments include:

·         Relieving your symptoms

·         Slowing the progress of the disease

·         Improving your exercise tolerance (your ability to stay active)

·         Preventing and treating complications

·         Improving your overall health

Treatment options depend on patient’s general medical condition and severity of disease. Options usually include a combination of the following treatments:

Stop smoking-By far, the most important and effective treatment for COPD is stopping smoking, which results in improvement in lung function during the first year after quitting and a return to a normal rate of change in lung function thereafter.

Medications

·         Short-acting bronchodilators, both beta agonists and anticholinergics are the mainstay of medication therapy for COPD. These medications often provide rapid relief of symptoms (particularly shortness of breath).

·         Long-acting bronchodilators are used for moderate to severe COPD.

·         Inhaled corticosteroids are recommended for people with moderate to severe COPD who often experience worsening symptoms (exacerbations) or have experienced recurrent hospitalization due to their COPD.

·         Systemic corticosteroids (IV or pills) are used to relieve severe symptoms such as airway inflammation and constriction.

·         Antibiotics may be beneficial in selected situations (for example, in acute bronchitis).

·         Other medications, such as theophylline, in low doses.

Home oxygen therapy-Supplemental oxygen improves the physical and mental functioning of people who have hypoxemia (low blood oxygen).

To read more, please visit: http://www.mayoclinic.org/copd/treatment.html

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