Because COPD is a progressive disease, catching it early on increases the effectiveness of treatments in managing symptoms and preventing respiratory failure. Sometimes, the only treatment necessary is to quit smoking — smoking is the most common cause of COPD — but if it’s allowed to progress unchecked, treatments may require more effort.
Symptoms of COPD
COPD progresses at a different rate in individuals depending on factors like age, overall health and smoking habits. The early symptoms of COPD include the following:
- Persistent cough – You cough throughout the day, especially with lots of mucus.
- Loss of breath – You lose breath easily during physical activity.
- Increased mucus production – You not only cough more mucus but have to clear your throat and blow your nose more often because your body is trying to remove irritants via mucus.
- Fatigue – You are more tired throughout the day. Difficulty breathing means your body gets less oxygen to the organs and muscles that need it, so you get tired more easily.
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, you should speak with a healthcare specialist, like those at the Lung Health Institute. These symptoms may be the sign of another type of infection, so it’s important to seek medical assistance for a proper diagnosis and treatment.
COPD in more advanced stages will include the symptoms above along with the following:
- Tightness of the chest
- Bluish hue to the lips and fingernail beds
- Swelling in the legs, ankles and feet
- Uncontrollable weight loss
- Increased amount of respiratory infections
While these symptoms of COPD are a sign of further progression, you shouldn’t lose hope. Treatment is still available.
At the Lung Health Institute, we specialize in developing and providing natural lung disease treatments to help COPD patients experience better breathing and a better quality of life. Our Lung Restoration Treatment™ uses your body’s own cells in concentrated forms to help fight lung inflammation and slow the progression of COPD.
Are you interested in seeing what Lung Restoration Treatment™ at the Lung Health Institute can do for you? Contact us today to speak with a patient coordinator about setting up your first appointment.