10 FAQs About Living With COPD
5. What Are the Treatments for COPD?
The goal of COPD treatment is to ease your symptoms, slow the progress of COPD, prevent or treat any complications, and improve your overall quality of life.
COPD treatment may include:
In severe cases of COPD, the doctor may suggest surgery to remove diseased lung tissue or to replace a diseased lung with a healthy one.
6. What Can I do to Stay Healthier While Living With COPD?
If you're a smoker, of course the most important thing you can do is to stop smoking. These are other things you can do:
- Stay away from smoke, fumes, dust, and air pollution as much as you can.
- Take your medication exactly as your doctor prescribes it.
- See your doctor regularly - at least two times a year.
- Learn breathing exercises.
- Walk or do other light exercises several times a week.
- Eat healthy foods.
7. Why is Good Nutrition So Important When You're Living With COPD?
It goes without saying that good nutrition is important for everyone. If you have COPD, a balanced diet can give you more energy and improve your health. People with COPD require more calories than that of a healthy person. That's because it takes much more energy to breathe when you have the disease.
8. What Can I do to Conserve Energy When I Have COPD?
There are many things you can do:
- Put things you use most often in an easy-to-reach place.
- Use a small cart on wheels to move things around.
- Wear clothes and shoes that are easy to put on and take off.
- Do certain tasks sitting down.
- Take regular rest breaks.
- Ask family and friends for help.