COPD

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COPD

COPD stands for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, but this is a relative term because it involves different lung diseases, such as emphysema and chronic bronchitis, etc.

Emphysema

Smoking is the leading cause to this. If you happen to smoke, then your odds are at great risk. Having shortness of breath is the main signal of this disease. Diagnosis is based on smoking usually and physical examination/tests. If emphysema is present, there is no cure but symptoms are managed.

Chronic Bronchitis

Again, smoking is the leading cause. You are urged to quit. This inflammation causes excessive secretions of mucus and swells the bronchial tubes. Individuals cough a lot — usually this will lead to soreness and flu-like symptoms. Respiratory failure can happen if the situation becomes dire. Patients that are diagnosed early, the prognosis is good, if not great.

Refractory Asthma

This is a chronic inflammation of the bronchial tubes that’s quite severe. Some people believe that asthma is no big deal. This is never the case. Asthma can be a monster, if it’s bad enough. The good news is it can be controlled and reversed if measures are in place. Weight and allergies play a big role in asthma. A good diet and exercise will help anyone to a great degree.

Not all hope is lost if you have COPD. It’s a good idea to check with your doctor if you suspect COPD. Here’s a few tips to help you out whether you have COPD or not.

Stay away from cigarettes and smokers. This includes the e-smokers as well. Manage your level of stress. If you take blood pressure medication, talk to your doctor and see how it’s relevant to asthma medications. Try and stay clear of sweets and other fatty foods.

 

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