If you suffer from breathing difficulties or a mild form of COPD (chronic pulmonary obstructive disease) then one of the most important things you can do to stop this disease from progressing is to give up smoking. COPD is something that cannot be cured but there are many treatments that can help you with your symptoms and help you breathe much more easily. COPD treatment involves:
- Helping to relieve you of the symptoms that you have with as little discomfort as possible and minimal side effects.
- Helping to slow down the progression of the disease.
- Helping you to stay active through exercise.
- Helping you to improve your overall fitness and health tolerance.
Everyone who suffers from COPD will require different levels and types of treatment. The treatment all depends on the severity – mild, moderate or severe. If your severity is severe then your family GP may also recommend you see a lung specialist. COPD treatment can involve medication, pulmonary rehabilitation and an oxygen supply.
COPD is a lung disease caused by damage to the lungs. Breathing becomes difficult as the airways become blocked. The most common cause of COPD is smoking with other types being emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Medication to treat COPD depends on the severity of your condition. However, the following medication may be part of your COPD treatment:
Pulmonary Rehabilitation for COPD
This may be recommended as part of your COPD treatment. This form of rehabilitation involves a planned program of exercise, disease management training and counselling to help you stay more active on a daily basis and carry out your daily activities with ease and comfort. One area that is covered in this type of rehabilitation is exercise training. The exercise will help you to strengthen your muscles that you use for breathing. The exercises will make your breathing much more easier and comfortable for you without you feeling short of breath all the time. As part of your program goals will also be set for you to achieve. For example you may have a goal set to walk every day for 30 minutes. You would then discuss at your counselling how you are managing this and how often you are doing the walking for.
How to prevent the progression of COPD
If you are a smoker then it is imperative you prevent any more damage occurring to your lungs. The most important thing that you can do to prevent this is to stop smoking. If you can then it is also imperative you try and not expose yourself to passive smoking. Keeping your lungs free from pollution and dust can greatly help your COPD treatment. Simple breathing exercises are also effective in treatment for dyspnoea, another condition which causes shortness of breath.