Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a serious lung disease that can be caused by exposure to gases, fumes, air pollution, second hand smoke and more often SMOKING (just another reason to quit). Two common forms of this disease are Chronic Bronchitis and Emphysema. Chronic Bronchitis can be defined as a consistent cough and buildup of mucus for a long period of time. Emphysema is a long term lung disease which causes a shortness of breath. COPD is diagnosed by your doctor after extensive monitoring. Any form of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease is very serious; symptoms to watch out for include but are not limited to coughing with mucus, shortness of breath, wheezing, swelling in the legs and feet, fatigue and frequent respiratory infections.
Unfortunately, there is no cure for this disease however there are treatments that you doctor can prescribe to you to help from the disease getting worse and to have a better quality of life. The first one would be to STOP SMOKING! Depending on the stage of COPD there different treatments such as a bronchodilator; there are four forms of bronchodilators, Inhaled, tablet, liquid and injectable. Another treatment may be the use of inhaled glucocorticosteriods or possibly participating in pulmonary rehabilitation program. Using a Positive Expiratory Pressure therapy system for Respiratory Training, or PEP Therapy Device, is a common terrific item used for lunch diseases such as COPD. There two types which and they are color coded, one is green and made for high-flow and the other is blue for low-flow. Use of oxygen as needed is another treatment for COPD. Oxygen might be provided by such units as the Respironics EverGo Portable Oxygen Concentrator. This amazing device allows people who want to travel and maintain an active lifestyle to do so with oxygen therapy.
COPD is a very serious disease and if you think you have symptoms please (quit smoking) and contact your doctor, then come see us for our products to allow you to continue an active lifestyle.