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What kind of breathing exercises would you recommend for someone with copd?

What kind of breathing exercises would you recommend for someone with copd?

Pulmonary rehab: If it is available many communities offer a program called pulmonary rehab. This is a graded exercise program suprevised by trained respiratory and physical therapists and in some cases physicians. COPD patients are also educated in specific breathing techniques and about their disease in general. It seems patients who go through the program do overall better. ...Read more

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Copd (Definition)

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


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I have COPD and have a cat in my home.My breathing has seemed to have worsened does having a cat in the home affect your breathi is having the cat in my home worsening my breathing? My breathing has seemed to have worsened after taking the cat into my hom

Asthma: Unfortunately it is very likely that the cat is causing your asthma to worsen. Pet dander is a common asthma trigger. You can always let your cat stay with a friend for a few days. Thoroughly clean your home to remove all remnants of the cat and assess your asthma symptoms. If they are improved or resolve completely then you have your answer. Good luck! ...Read more

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Does the hops in beer cause people with COPD to have breathing trouble?

Does the hops in beer cause people with COPD to have breathing trouble?

Calories: It's the calories in beer that may cause trouble breathing. When the carbohydrates in beer are metabolized, there is more CO2 production in the blood sysytem. Therefore, high levels of C02 stimulates the brain's respiratory center to increase the rate of breathing. Thus, shortness of breath occurs. ...Read more

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What is best sitting position to help w/breathing if I have COPD emphysema?

What is best sitting position to help w/breathing if I have COPD emphysema?

Maximize lift: Leaning slightly forward, palms resting on the knees, head slightly bent, lips pursed, fast breath in, slow and prolonged exhaling. The goal is to get the respiratory muscles including neck muscles, in the best position for maximal lift, and empty out the lungs as much as possible to make room for more air coming in. ...Read more

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If I have copd, why does one cocktail (alcohol) seem to relax my breathing?

If I have copd, why does one cocktail (alcohol) seem to relax my breathing?

Dulls sensation...: Alcohol is a depressant so it dulls your perception of shortness of breath in your brain. You may feel less short of breath but may actually be hypoventilating which could lead to further increases in carbon dioxide. So, you need to be very careful w/alcohol use. ...Read more

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How often do I need breathing treatments for COPD spasms?

How often do I need breathing treatments for COPD spasms?

As often to get well: It depends on the severity. Either albuterol or xopenex (levalbuterol) is given every one, two or four hours until you are no longer short of breath. Other meds may be necessary including steroids, antibiotics and supplemental oxygen. ...Read more

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How often will I need a breathing treatment for COPD spasms?

Treatment copd spasm: It all depends on what inhaled meds you are using.If you are using 12 hour inhalers which contain steroids and long term bronchodilaters and spirive by inhalation once a day, then you can use atrovent (ipratropium) and albuterol(duoneb) every 4 to 6 hours only as a rescue for the spasms if needed. ...Read more

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Many people i know with copd have more trouble with their breathing, when they quit smoking. Why is that?

Many people i know with copd  have more trouble with their breathing,  when they quit smoking. Why is that?

Lungs start to work: one of the side effects of smoking is poor clearance of mucus from the respiratory system. Many long time smokers who quit (the right thing to do) will get a lot of coughing as their lungs wake up and get rid of all that junk that has been sitting there for ages... It gets better and the lungs can recover from the smoking with time. ...Read more

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Can coffee cause dehydration . My friend has COPD . And has a hard time breathing and always wants coffee . It this good for him ?

Probably not , but: Though coffee (the caffeine) is a diuretic, the amount he needs to drink for dehydration is very high. However, complicating this would be walking or exercising in hot weather without drinking water. Another issue may be that he is taking water pills which would only add to dehydration possibilities. ...Read more

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I have moderate copd. I don't have trouble breathing. Would inhalers strengthen my lungs, or wait untill I need them?

I have moderate copd. I don't have trouble breathing. Would inhalers strengthen  my lungs, or wait untill I need them?

Maybe not: many COPDers do not use inhalers except when they have an attack. A better suggestion would be lung exercises. This would "build" up your tolerance to walking and other exertions. Talk to your physician about a good program or contact the american lung association. Good Luck ...Read more

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Could u die from having a hysterectomy and having copd(breathing problems) I smoke cigarettes?

Could u die from having a hysterectomy and having copd(breathing problems) I smoke cigarettes?

Yes but unlikely: Part of surgical planning is to asses the medical risks of surgery for each individual. Someone with COPD will need evaluation of their lung function before the obgyn will decide whether or not to, perform the surgery. A team approach is often required. A pulmonologist or internal medicine physician should perform the preop testing and communicated this to the obgyn and anesthesiologist. ...Read more

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I have COPD and early Emphysema, I just quit smoking and was wondering will my breathing get better over time ?

I have COPD and early Emphysema, I just quit smoking and was wondering will my breathing get better over time ?

It won't get worse: Good job! You should be proud as you have accomplished a great step! With the right therapies it will not get worse. When you quit smoking you preserve the lungs that are still viable and working. you need to be on inhalers and measure your oxygen level on exertion. ...Read more

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How can I improve my breathing so i can get off supplemental oxygen? I do not have COPD or other. I live in high altitude state.

How can I improve my breathing so i can get off supplemental oxygen?  I do not have COPD or other.  I live in high altitude state.

Oxygen: There typically is an underlying reason that you need oxygen-acute pneumonia/ recent surgery with underlying lung issue that was not previously causing problem/ pe, etc. Whatever the underlying reason is has to be remedied and then you should be reassessed. ...Read more

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Dad has copd and I'm wondering if there is a over the counter inhaler? he says he's having a hard time breathing. already on oxygen.

Dad has copd and I'm wondering if there is a over the counter inhaler? he says he's having a hard time breathing. already on oxygen.

No: Inhalers for respiratory distress are prescription items and are to be used according to strict instructions. If he's experiencing significant shortness of breath and is also on nasal oxygen therapy, he needs evaluation and treatment by a qualified physician or pulmonologist. Otherwise dire consequences will occur if his condition continues to worsen. I recommend going to the emergency room now. ...Read more

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If i had a PTB and completed my treatment in 2008.I have difficulty in breathing could that be a COPD already?My PTB last for 3 yrs.My med is symbcort

If i had a PTB and completed my treatment in 2008.I have difficulty in breathing could that be a COPD already?My PTB last for 3 yrs.My med is symbcort

Probably more going : Is "ptb" short for pulmonary tuberculosis? While extensive TB could leave you with some shortness of breath, COPD is more typically associated with a long smoking history. Asthma could also be an issue. Symbocort is a good drug for either condition. ...Read more

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My moms diabetic with copd. Her breathing seems ok but for two days now she is asleep, usually light sleeper now out cold. Won't eat or go to dr?

My moms diabetic with copd. Her breathing seems ok but for two days now she is asleep, usually light sleeper now out cold. Won't eat  or go to dr?

ER...: She needs to be seen in the nearest er immediately. Even though she is breathing, her COPD could be causing a low oxygen level and/or a high carbon dioxide level. Either of these could cause her to be unresponsive. The er is needed to immediately diagnose and treat these problems since this may be a life-threatening situation. ...Read more

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Im a 52 year old female with COPD. Very depressed about it. It's moderate and I have trouble breathing out all the way. What is the outlook for this?

Im a 52 year old female with COPD. Very depressed about it. It's moderate and I have trouble breathing out all the way. What is the outlook for this?

Discuss w/ Dr: You need to talk about this and take steps to improve whatever you can - stay away from smoking and other air pollutants. Learn and do breathing exercises. Stay well hydrated and keep a good diet/exercise program. It's not a great Dx, but you can live quite well for a normal life span. There's no automatic reason not to live well and be happy . ...Read more

Breathing (Definition)

Breathing is the way we take in oxygen and expel carbon dioxide (co2) through out lungs. When our lungs expand we take fresh air in that contains oxygen and then when our lungs ...Read more


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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (Copd) (Definition)

Also known as COPD, may include chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. Chronic bronchitis is the production of increased mucus caused by inflammation. ...Read more