Treat COPD or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease or COPD is a lung disease that is often a combination of chronic bronchitis and emphysema. It is caused by consistent damage to the lungs over years most often from smoking. It gets worse over time and once you have it you cannot get rid of it. COPD symptoms can mimic many other serious health problems such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, cystic fibrosis and asthema. If you experience the symptoms seek medical help to determine what the cause may be.

How can I tell if I have COPD?

COPD has four stages, each with their own symptoms.

Stage 1:

  • Chronic cough with mild mucus production
  • Lung function of 80% of normal or higher.

Stage 2:

  • Chronic cough with substantial mucus production.
  • Shortness of breath
  • Occassional flare-ups
  • Lung function of 50-79% of normal

Stage 3:

  • Chronic Cough with substantial mucus production
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue
  • Reduced ability to exercise
  • Frequent flare-ups
  • Lung function of 30-49% of normal

Stage 4:

  • Chronic Cough with substantial mucus production
  • Severe shortness of breath
  • Weight loss
  • Blue skin in the fingers, toes and lips
  • Life-threatening flare-ups
  • Lung function of less than 30% of normal

 

How can I prevent COPD?

  • The best way to prevent COPD is to stop smoking or never start. Smoking is the number one cause of COPD in seniors and adults.
  • Avoid bad and highly polluted air.
  • Get a flu vaccine to help prevent making your symptoms worse and to prevent getting something more serious like pneumonia.
  • Consider getting a pneumonia vaccine.

 

How can I treat COPD?

  • Stop smoking! Smoking is the number one cause of COPD in seniors and adults.
  • Keep physically active. Exercise can strengthen your lungs.
  • Use breathing and relaxation techniques. They can help increase oxygen levels and reduce shortness of breath.
  • Increase your intake of Omega-3 fatty acids. They help to lower inflammation and improve difficult breathing.
  • Take Vitamin C and Magnesium. They help to improve lung function.
  • Black tea has chemicals that are similar to theophylline which can help relieve tightening in the chest.
  • Ginko biloba and Comfrey leaves can both help relax lungs, keep breathing passages clear, stimulate new growth and promote healing.
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