Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease also called as COPD, is a group of progressive lung diseases that limit the airflow into the lungs. The most common among COPD diseases are emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Most of the people with COPD suffer from both of these conditions.
Oxygen therapy is a treatment that is given to COPD people when they have extremely low levels of oxygen in their blood (called hypoxemia). Oxygen therapy is used for providing supplemental or extra oxygen to COPD patients. It provides many benefits but also has some side effects which should be known to patients before opting for the oxygen therapy.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a long-term lung disease caused due to exposure of lungs to various irritants and particulate matters especially cigarette smoke. Cough in COPD may be an indication of disease progression. COPD cough is a protective mechanism for sputum clearance and helps patients in breathing easily. There are various techniques for promoting a protective cough in COPD.
COPD exacerbations are sudden flare ups in acute respiratory symptoms in people diagnosed with severe COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). They cause difficulties in an already serious condition. People may be able to avoid flare-ups or better manage the symptoms by understanding triggers of COPD exacerbations.
End stage COPD symptoms are worse as compared to its initial stages. The most common symptom is feeling out of breath. Some people’s breathing might get worse much rapidly, over weeks or months. People with end stage COPD show a noticeable, gradual worsening of their breathing.