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Copd (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)
What to do if I have been diagnoised with COPD / chronic obstructive pulmonary disease can anyone tell me about it am 48 yr?
COPD...: COPD is a slowly progressive lung disease usually caused by smoking. Quitting smoking is essential to slowing the disease progression. Treatment usually involves bronchodilator and steroid inhalers to alleviate symptoms. If your oxygen level is low enough, supplemental oxygen therapy will also slow disease progression. See a lung doctor for both diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more
COPD may include chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. Chronic bronchitis is the production of increased mucus caused by inflammation. Bronchitis is considered chronic if you cough and produce excess mucus most days for three months in a year, two years in a row. Emphysema is a disease that damages the air sacs and/or the smallest breathing tubes in the lungs. ...Read more
There is no cure for copd. Best hope is prevention of further deterioration with proper measures. ...See more
I have just found out that I have COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) has anyone got ideas on treatment of it?
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. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Hi doctors, was just wondering what is carbon dioxide narcosis in relation to COPD or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease?
Carbon dioxide...: Carbon dioxide levels can elevate in COPD patients due to the inability to ventilate properly. This increased carbon dioxide level can lead to symptoms that are similar to acutely taking narcotics which has lead to the expression carbon dioxide narcosis. Symptoms include lethargy, confusion, disorientation, decreased sensations, etc. ...Read more
Do - consider joining a COPD support group. ...See more
Can someone explain to me what COPD is? It's chronic obstructive pulmonary disease but what is that exactly please?
Chronic Lung Disease: COPD is a disease of inflammation and/or destruction of the lung. Most often, it is from smoking cigarettes, but not always. There are two main components: chronic bronchitis, which is coughing up mucus every day; and emphysema, which is destruction of the lung tissue. Both conditions block air from completely exiting the lung causing symptoms. That said, it can be treated effectively and be well. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: COPD is a progressive condition. From first diagnosis the time can be considerable. Today's drugs(not all cases need them), pulmonary rehab, exercise programs and many more can allow a long and productive time. Of course smoking cessation (if applicable) can slow the progression. ...Read more
It's a myth that: all people with COPD are smokers. Most are, but there are other causes! ...See more
COPD...: COPD is a disease characterized by the presence of chronic, irreversible airway obstruction as measured by pulmonary function testing. The disease is incurable but there are treatments available so see your doctor for diagnosis and treatment. The most important treatment is smoking cessation since smoking is the main etiology of this disease. ...Read more
Patients with COPD have better outcomes when they live with others than when they live alone. ...See more
Not sure...: I'm not sure I understand your question. COPD is not typically a disease diagnosed in infancy! There is a form of COPD, Alpha 1 antitrypsin deficiency, which is caused by an enzyme deficiency and can be diagnosed at an earlier age. But, this is usually not diagnosed in infancy but rather in early adulthood. Please ask the question again if I am misunderstanding it! ...Read more
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! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
When you have copd, maintaining a healthy weight is key to improving your quality of life. ...See more
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