COPD is a disease of the lungs that causes difficulty breathing, and is the result of consistent damage to the lungs over several years. While you can't reverse the damage to your lungs, you can prevent further damage by properly treating the COPD symptoms and avoiding lung irritants. Considering the chronic nature of COPD, effective long-term treatment is essential. While some alternative treatments may be useful on a case-by-case basis, they should always be approved by a licensed M.D. The top three current treatment options for COPD include: various medications such as Bronchodilators in the form of inhalers that relax the muscles of the airway, supplemental oxygen therapy to provide more oxygen for the blood and reduce the stress on damaged lungs and in extreme cases surgery to remove or replace damaged lung tissue. The most effective treatment is to stop smoking immediately and avoid smoke and air pollution where ever possible. Learn more today about COPD and its top treatment options.
COPD is often a combination of two diseases - emphysema and chronic bronchitis. These pulmonary diseases result in the breakdown of the sacs in the lungs which pull oxygen from the air. COPD also causes the bronchi to swell, as well as an overproduction of mucus. The combination of the physiological results of this lung disease results in its dangerous symptoms. These symptoms of COPD include a persistent cough that does not get better, mucus when coughing and shortness of breath. The most common cause of COPD is smoking, though pollution and long-term exposure to lung irritants can also cause COPD. Upon diagnosis, your doctor will let you know the severity (or stage) of your COPD, and recommend treatment based on that and other factors.
Some of the top medications for COPD include short-acting and long-acting bronchodilators, which are taken via inhalers to reduce inflammation, relax muscles in the airway and promote easier breathing. Oxygen therapy is used by patients with advanced COPD whose lung functioning has significantly diminished. Lifestyle changes with natural remedies as quitting smoking, can provide patients with almost immediate relief from symptoms. The following quiz can help you decide which COPD treatment might be right for you. Always talk to your doctor before starting or stopping any treatment for COPD or other condition. Combining therapies is almost always beneficial in the treatment of COPD. Take our quiz below and see if you should be talking to you doctor about COPD.