COPD Questions

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  1. Can Oxygen Therapy Help Treat Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD)?

    Yes, oxygen therapy can be very beneficial if your lung capacity is diminished due to COPD. When your breathing is impaired, your body may not get enough oxygen, which can affect how you feel and how much activity you can do. Supplemental oxygen therapy can improve your lung function and increase yo...
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  2. Can an Inhaler Help With Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD)?

    Yes, inhalers -- simple devices used to deliver medication to the lungs in aerosol form -- are key to managing COPD symptoms. In fact, it's likely you'll end up with more than one type of inhaler. Doctors prescribe inhalers to patients with COPD for long-term therapy and short-term relief.
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  3. How Is COPD Diagnosed?

    To diagnose chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) for sure, a doctor needs to order pulmonary (lung) function tests. These are special tests that provide measurements of:
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  4. What Are the Symptoms of COPD?

    People with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) usually notice some of these symptoms:
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  5. Is a Flu Shot Necessary if I Have Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD)?

    Yes, doctors recommend that everyone with COPD get a yearly flu shot. Because your lungs are already compromised, getting the flu can lead to serious complications if you have COPD. You're much more likely to get bronchitis or pneumonia as a result of the flu.
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  6. What is life expectancy after a diagnosis of stage one COPD?

    Stage I COPD is also known as mild, or early, COPD. There can be quite a lot of variation in how quickly a person's COPD worsens, but if a person stops smoking and gets good medical treatment, it usually takes years for COPD to progress to more advanced stages.
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  7. Will a humidifier help or hurt someone with COPD?

    In someone with COPD, a humidifier can help keep the air moist, which can help with making it easier to cough up phelgm. Humidifiers can be especially helpful if the indoor air becomes too dry, which can happen during the winter, as we tend to run our heaters non-stop, and this takes most of the mo...
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  8. I've never smoked, so how can I be diagnosed with COPD?

    Although there are many reasons for people who never smoke to develop COPD (I will discuss those at the end), consider that a diagnosis of COPD is based on numbers that come out of testing equipment. Numbers do no necessarily mean disease, especially if you have none of the symptoms of COPD.
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  9. What can I do to help improve my COPD symptoms?

    In reading your question there are several issues that come to my mind such as how was your COPD was diagnosed and how was it determined to be mild. If it is mild, why are you short of breath with little exertion and what can be done about it? I would suggest you have a breathing test called a spir...
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  10. What's the Difference Between COPD and Chronic Bronchitis?

    Chronic bronchitis (also called chronic obstructive bronchitis) is a lung condition that's almost always part of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). COPD is the umbrella term that also includes emphysema, another common condition that people can have at the same time as chronic bronchitis.
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  11. What's the Difference Between COPD and Emphysema?

    Emphysema is a lung condition that's almost always *part* of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). COPD is the umbrella term that also includes chronic bronchitis, another common condition that people can have at the same time as emphysema.
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  12. What Is a COPD Exacerbation Flare, and What Are Its Symptoms?

    A chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) exacerbation flare is an increase in the usual severity of symptoms of COPD.
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  13. Does Everyone With COPD Need Oxygen?

    No. Oxygen therapy has only been proven to be helpful to those people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) who have advanced-stage disease and have low levels of oxygen in the blood.
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  14. What Can Be Done When Someone With COPD Feels Short of Breath All the Time?

    When someone with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) feels short of breath, what can be done depends on the circumstances.
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  15. What are the Stages of COPD?

    Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) has four stages, I to IV, with stage I being the mildest stage and stage IV the most advanced.
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  16. Can COPD Be Treated With Surgery?

    Unfortunately, there are no easy surgical treatments for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Surgery is only considered when cases have progressed to stage IV, the most severe stage.
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  17. What Is COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)?

    COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) is an incurable but treatable lung disease that tends to develop slowly and worsen gradually. Having COPD means that the lungs have developed permanent changes that affect the body's ability to exhale properly. This can eventually affect the ability to do...
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  18. What medicines are delivered by inhalers used in COPD treatment?

    Most medicines used to manage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are inhaled; this allows the medicine to target the lungs while having minimal side effects on the rest of the body. Sometimes during exacerbation (severe attacks also known as "flare-ups"), oral or even IV medications may be...
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  19. Does living in a dry climate affect COPD symptoms?

    There is a popular impression that dry and warmer climates may be better for patients with COPD and other breathing disorders. For instance, Arizona was often promoted for patients with various lung diseases including asthma and tuberculosis. However, there is no research confirming that notion. Air...
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  20. What is the life expectancy of a stage 4 COPD patient that does not stop smoking?

    I hope your mother recovers quickly. Based on original studies, someone with a grade 4 COPD (which is also called "very severe" COPD) has a 60% chance of living 3 years. If we are talking about a grade 3 COPD (also called "severe" COPD), then there may be an 85% chance of living 3 years. Everyone is...
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