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A 34-year-old member asked:

I have just found out that i have copd (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) has anyone got ideas on treatment of it?

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Dr. Mark Farber
Pulmonary Critical Care 55 years experience
Stop smoking if do: Stop smoking. Stop breathing second hand smoke. There are inhalers like advair and spiriva that can help, plus an old drung, theophylline with inhaled steroids(in advair) can be very useful. Avoid all respiratory irritants, avoid high air pollution days outdoors.
Dr. Thomas Stern
Pulmonary Critical Care 25 years experience
COPD treatment: The most important thing you can do for COPD is to stop smoking. Other treatments include inhaled medicines such as albuterol, ipratopium, tiotropium, and inhaled steroids (there are several of them). Patients who are very symptomatic benefit from systemic steroids and antibiotics. Make sure your immunizations are up to date including yearly flu vaccine. Finally, getting regular exercise helps.
Dr. Klaus d Lessnau
Pulmonary Critical Care 37 years experience
Yes: See a pulmonologist who is an expert how to treat it appropriately.
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Treatment...: Treatment of COPD usually begins with bronchodilator and steroid inhalers. Smoking cessation, if you still smoke, is a vital part of your therapy to decrease ongoing airway inflammation. If your oxygen level is low enough, supplemental oxygen can be prescribed. Good luck!

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