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- 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 your ability to exercise and be active...
- 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.
- 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:
- People with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) usually notice some of these symptoms:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 moisture out of the air...
- 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.
- 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 spirometry...
- 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.
- 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.
- A chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) exacerbation flare is an increase in the usual severity of symptoms of COPD.
- 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.
- When someone with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) feels short of breath, what can be done depends on the circumstances.
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) has four stages, I to IV, with stage I being the mildest stage and stage IV the most advanced.
- 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.
- 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...
- 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 used for short periods of time...
- 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...
- 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 of course going to be different...
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