Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is also called COPD and knowing the symptoms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, as well as the treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is vital in understanding this serious condition. It is a combination of several other diseases that all cause some sort of obstruction in the air flow of the victim’s lungs. These include chronic versions of bronchitis and asthma, as well as emphysema.Credit: http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20388301,00.html
What determines COPD exists in victims?
Victims who have COPD must exhibit certain criteria of the symptoms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease so that it can be differentiated from regular bronchitis, emphysema or asthma. For instance, regular asthma also obstructs the lungs, but if the victim is not suffering an attack, their air flow in the lungs is ok. If instead the problem becomes constant, then the person may instead have COPD.
Also, if a person has emphysema they normally can’t breathe well, or if they have bronchitis they will have mucus and a cough. If they have extremely serious and chronic versions of any of these three problems, then they actually are showing symptoms of COPD and should talk to their doctor about the possibility of the treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
The COPD victims will most likely have the symptoms of all three of these conditions as an overlap and therefore are actually showing symptoms of COPD and must therefore seek more than the normal course of treatment for bronchitis, emphysema, or asthma and instead seek treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
If they have an advanced version of the disease, they may also have blue lips and nails, damaged blood veins in their lungs, weight loss, high blood pressure, heart problems, and headaches due to excess carbon dioxide in the lungs.Credit: http://copd.about.com/od/copdtreatment/tp/Copd-Treatment-Guidelines.htm
Treatment for COPD
When someone has COPD, their doctor will develop a strategy for treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease to help prevent any more damage to the patient’s lungs, as well as relieve the symptoms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and help their quality of life to improve. If they smoke, they are told to quit, as this is vital and to continue to smoke will further make their problem worse. They are also advised to get regular vaccinations to prevent the flu and pneumonia. They may also be given bronchodilators in either an inhaled or oral format, which are drugs like those used to treat asthma. Other possible treatment of COPD is beta-2 agonist drugs, anti-cholinergic drugs, methylxanthines, or corticosteroids.
Which combination of these used depends on the exact problems of the individual’s symptoms and how serious they are. Talk to your doctor for your own specific course of action for treatment options.Credit: http://www.ayushveda.com/magazine/tips-on-self-help-with-copd-disease/
All in all, COPD is a very serious problem and must be treated by a doctor. If you think that you are experiencing the symptoms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, then you should speak to a physician about the possible options for treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.