COPD is when inflammation constricts the airways in the lungs. Over 11 million people in the U.S. have been diagnosed with millions more potentially unaware they have it. With that, just what are the most common treatments for COPD? We will outline a few below.
• Quitting smoking: For smokers who have COPD, one of the first things their doctor will order is no smoking.
• Oxygen therapy: This is more for moderate to severe cases of COPD. Oxygen therapy helps with people who can’t get enough oxygen into their lungs.
• Medications: These can range from inhaled steroids to bronchodilators depending on the individual case.
• Lifestyle changes: Besides the above-mentioned smoking, healthy diet, regular breathing exercises, and avoiding smoke/air pollution are ways to help improve COPD.
COPD does not mean the end of the world. However, inadequate management can shorten lives. If you are worried, speak to your doctor. He or she can diagnose the severity of COPD and help plan a treatment based around your specific needs. Remember, we are also here to help. Our nurses and therapists help retirees manage COPD better at home. We also keep an eye on patients at home when COPD might be flaring up. Medicare pays 100%.
Aspen Healthcare serves the Dallas/Fort Worth Area as a premier provider of home health care, hospice, respiratory therapy, personal assistance, and private duty nursing. At Aspen, we are dedicated to our patients and pride ourselves on the quality of care we provide. We care for your family as you would. Call us today at (972) 316-2035.