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what do you suggest to give to a patient who has a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease copd?

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Treatment...: Treatment of COPD usually consists of bronchodilator and steroid inhalers as well as supplemental oxygen, if the oxygen level in the blood is low. Smoking cessation is a necessary part of treatment. Other treatments depend on the specific symptoms present. There is no cure!
Dr. William Walsh
Addiction Medicine 17 years experience
Depends on how ill: Depending on the severity of the patient's illness, treatment ranges from as needed inhalers to multiple long acting inhalers plus pulmonary rehab. Treatment should be based on the patient. All patients should quit smoking, and those that need it should be given oxygen.

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Does cold weather worsen emphysema symptoms?

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Can allergic pulmonary aspergillosis relapse?

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