COPD: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
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COPD: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Information on preventing or treating COPD

Living with a respiratory disease can be very challenging. Now day's It seems that more and more people are being diagnosed as having Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease also referred to as COPD. Early diagnoses and treatment are important in obtaining optimal results from treatment. By the time you notice symptoms, a substantial measure of lung damage may have already occurred. This debilitating disease is caused by smoking, breathing in dust, chemical fumes and air pollutants. The most prominent risk factor for developing COPD is smoking. The more years you smoke and the more packs you smoke, the greater your risk. This also includes chronic inhalation of marijuana smoke.

COPD slowly develops over a period of years, so most people are at least 40 years old when symptoms become obvious. There is some research that indicates that some smokers are more susceptible to COPD due to genetic factors.

The following are symptoms of COPD.

Shortness of breath during exertion (the first symptom)

"Smoker’s cough” a chronic cough for several months of the year, especially one that produces large amounts of mucus

Occasional wheezing

Tightness in the chest

Shortness of breath even when at rest (this occurs in more advanced cases)

Remember, in COPD patients, these symptoms usually start gradually, and become worse as time passes. It may be years before any significant functioning becomes impaired.

If you are exhibiting these symptoms see your doctor. These symptoms are also seen in many other diseases affecting the lungs or the heart. Testing is necessary to determine the definitive cause of the symptoms.

There is no cure for COPD but treatment to control the symptoms can provide you with a better quality of life. The first thing to do is stop smoking! It's the only way to keep COPD from getting worse. Your doctor can provide medications to treat the symptoms and complications of COPD. Bronchodilators can help relieve coughing and shortness of breath and make breathing easier. Inhaled steroids can reduce airway inflammation and help you breathe better. Medications can have side effects so be sure to ask your doctor about what to expect from the medications prescribed.

COPD has an obvious cause and a clear method of prevention. The majority of cases are directly related to smoking, and the best way to prevent COPD is to never smoke — or to quit smoking. Occupational exposure to chemical fumes and dust is another cause for COPD. If you work in an environment where you are exposed to these irritants look into t the best ways to protect yourself, such as wearing a surgical mask. Do what you can to prevent this disease and take good care of yourself.

 

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Comments (2)

Well presented and my sister has this. Out of votes, promoted.

very important message my son has the smokers cough already and he is only 35

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