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    1. COPD: Handling a Flare-Up - Topic Overview

      Spirometry is the best test to assess lung function. It often is used to evaluate a person who has a chronic cough and sputum ( mucus ) production and a history of risk factors for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD),even if shortness of breath is not present. It is also used to determine whether a specific therapy has improved lung function or whether your lung disease is getting ...

    2. Oxygen Treatment for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

      Oxygen treatment increases the amount of oxygen that flows into the lungs and into the bloodstream, may improve shortness of breath, and prolongs survival of some people who have severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Oxygen treatment may be given using several delivery systems, including air concentrators, oxygen - gas cylinders, and liquid - oxygen devices.You do not have to stay a

    3. COPD: Clearing Your Lungs

      COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) is a long-term illness that makes it hard to breathe, but learning to clear your lungs may help you save energy and oxygen, and help prevent lung infections.

    4. COPD: Handling a Flare-Up - Should I Be Tested?

      The decision to have the test is personal. You may have emotional, financial, and family reasons for taking or not taking the test.You may choose to have the test because:You have unexplained lung problems and want to know whether you have this condition.Other people in your family have AAT deficiency.Other people in your family have unexplained lung disease or liver disease.You want to take ...

    5. COPD: Using Exercise to Feel Better

      Key pointsChronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) often makes it difficult to breathe, which in turn may limit how active you are and how much you exercise. However, it is important to remain active and exercise when you have COPD. Activity and exercise can:Build muscle strength. This will help you be more active-you will be able to do more activities for longer amounts of time.Reduce ...

    6. COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) - Topic Overview

      Mechanical ventilation means having a machine help you breathe. If you have COPD,you may need this treatment when your breathing problems suddenly get worse and stay worse. These breathing attacks are called COPD exacerbations or flare-ups. This treatment is usually used until you are able to breathe better. In rare cases,it is used as long-term therapy in your home or a care facility. ...

    7. COPD: Handling a Flare-Up - Topic Overview

      Lung function means how well your lungs work. When you have COPD,your lungs can't move as much air in and out as they should. And the more serious your COPD is,the less air your lungs are able to move. Spirometry tests are used to measure lung function. They measure how much air you breathe out when you take long,deep breaths and push the air out of your lungs. For people with COPD,the ...

    8. COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) - Topic Overview

      What is a nebulizer?A nebulizer is a tool that delivers liquid medicine as a fine mist. You breathe in the medicine through a mouthpiece or face mask. This sends the medicine directly to your airways and lungs. Depending on your needs, you can get a small, portable nebulizer or one that sits on a table or counter. A portable unit can run on rechargeable batteries or plug into a car or wall electrical outlet. A tabletop unit plugs into a wall outlet. All nebulizers have parts that need to be washed and air-dried each time you use them. What is it used for?A nebulizer may be used to treat breathing problems. These include asthma and COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). A nebulizer can make inhaling medicines easier. It can be very helpful if it is hard for you to breathe or to use an inhaler. How do you use a nebulizer?Follow the directions for use and cleaning that come with your nebulizer. For a tabletop unit:Make sure that the air compressor is steady and will not tip, and

    9. Beta2-Agonists for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

      Drug details for Beta2-agonists for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

    10. COPD: Learning to Breathe Easier

      Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, is a lung disease that makes it hard to breathe. COPD gets worse over time, but you can take steps to breathe easier and feel better.

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