Even though COPD cannot be cured, it can be treated. COPD treatment is aimed at reducing symptoms, preventing the disease from getting worse, improving the ability to exercise, preventing and treating complications, and preventing and treating exacerbations. Almost every person with COPD will be prescribed a short-acting bronchodilator (either a … Read More
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is not curable, but you can manage symptoms with one of the many COPD treatments available. Following COPD treatment guidelines will also extend life expectancy and improve your quality of life.
COPD treatment often starts with drugs called bronchodilators, which relax the muscles around the airways to open them up and make it easier to breathe. Bronchodilators come in two forms. Short-acting bronchodilators start to work within minutes, and keep opening the airways for four to six hours. You take them to get immediate relief when you?re short of breath. If your disease is mild, a short-acting bronchodilator may be the only COPD treatment you need. More severe symptoms may require long-acting bronchodilators. These medicines take longer to start working, but their effects last for up to 24 hours. You will typically take a long-acting bronchodilator every day.
If bronchodilators alone aren?t enough, or you often experience symptom flare-ups, your doctor may prescribe a steroid medicine along with your bronchodilator. You will breathe in your COPD medicines through an inhaler, or use a nebulizer, which turns the medicine into a fine mist that you inhale through a facemask or mouthpiece.
Oxygen therapy and pulmonary rehabilitation are two other important components to COPD treatment. You breathe in oxygen from a canister through a nasal cannula or a mask while you do activities or housework.
Pulmonary rehabilitation is a program that incorporates nutrition, exercise, education, and psychological counseling to help you live better and stay healthier with COPD. The rehabilitation team can include doctors, nurses, physical therapists, psychologists, counselors, dietitians, and other specialists.
As a last resort, if these COPD treatments have not worked, surgery may be an option. Surgery can remove the spaces where air is trapped inside the lungs, or take out diseased sections of the lungs. Once the disease has become very severe, a lung transplant may be necessary.
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You may not have heard of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD), but if you have COPD signs and symptoms, the ICD has heard of you—and it even has a series of code numbers for your diagnosis. Codes like "COPD ICD 9" are becoming more important as the use of … Read More
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Once you’ve been told you have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), it’s important to find out where you are as far as COPD stages are concerned. COPD stages include mild (Stage 1 COPD), moderate (Stage 2 COPD), severe (Stage 3 COPD), and very severe (Stage 4 COPD). These classifications are … Read More
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Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a serious respiratory condition that currently has no cure. But COPD treatment can help manage COPD symptoms. Along with medications, which are usually inhaled, dealing with COPD also requires behaviors that support lung health. Understanding COPD COPD is actually a broad term used to … Read More
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Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) isn’t simply one disease, but a term used to describe serious lung problems such as emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Severe, non-reversible asthma can sometimes be considered a form of COPD. Guidelines for treatment of these serious respiratory conditions call for a mix of medications, oxygen … Read More