It is important to know what steps you need to take if you’re diagnosed with COPD. Being proactive and taking steps for treatment and improving your lifestyle can help slow the progression of your COPD and reduce the severity of its symptoms.
COPD cannot be cured and progressively grows worse over time. This brief guide will help you discover treatments and lifestyle changes that can help you slow the progression of COPD and improve your quality of life.
Treatments and lifestyle changes to help with COPD
Treatments for COPD vary depending on the severity of the disease and other relevant factors, such as age, weight, medical history and smoking history. Many of the treatments and lifestyle changes that can help improve your life with COPD include:
- Quit smoking — Smoking is the number one cause of COPD and other chronic lung diseases. It’s not too late to improve your life by quitting if you’ve been diagnosed with COPD. Quitting can greatly cut back the irritation in your lungs, which can reduce inflammation and breathing difficulties.
- Bronchodilators — These may be prescribed to help open the airways and reduce or prevent flare-ups of symptoms that cause shortness of breath. Some bronchodilators are prescribed for daily use while others are reserved for emergencies.
- Steroids — If the inflammation in your airways is severe, you may need steroids. Digestible or inhalable steroids may be prescribed to help reduce inflammation and open up your airways.
- Supplemental oxygen — You may need supplemental oxygen if your lung function is low. Some people need oxygen assistance periodically throughout the day and others may need it all day and night.
- Pulmonary therapy — This is a professionally guided program that can help you breathe better through exercise, breathing techniques and diet.
Contact the Lung Health Institute for COPD treatment
The Lung Health Institute strives to help people with COPD Breathe Easier™ with alternative COPD treatments. Our Lung Restoration Treatment™ is an effective form of cellular therapy that has helped more than 85 percent of our patients improve lung function within three months or less.
This treatment works by using your own cells, so it has very few side-effects and takes little time. Contact the Lung Health Institute today if you would like to learn more or if you’re ready to schedule an appointment to begin breathing better again.