Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD): Treatments
A type of lung disease marked by permanent damage to in the , making it hard to breathe. includes chronic , in which the (large air passages) are inflamed and scarred, and , in which the (tiny air ) are damaged. It develops over many years and is usually caused by cigarette smoking. Also called COPD.
Treatments for COPD
COPD has no cure yet. However, lifestyle changes and can help you feel better, stay more active, and slow the progress of the disease.
The goals of COPD include:
To assist with your , your family doctor may advise you to see a pulmonologist. This is a doctor who specializes in treating lung disorders.
Quit Smoking and Avoid Lung Irritants
Quitting smoking is the most important step you can take to treat COPD. Talk with your doctor about programs and products that can help you quit.
If you have trouble quitting smoking on your own, consider joining a support group. Many hospitals, workplaces, and community groups offer classes to help people quit smoking. Ask…