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COPD Health Center

Medical Reference Related to COPD

  1. COPD: Handling a Flare-Up - 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

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

    Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) slowly damages the lungs and affects how you breathe. COPD's effect on breathing In COPD,the airways of the lungs (bronchial tubes) become inflamed and narrowed. They tend to collapse when you breathe out and can become clogged with mucus. This reduces airflow through the bronchial tubes,a condition called airway obstruction,making it difficult ...

  3. COPD: Keeping Your Diet Healthy

    Key pointsIf you have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), you may have little appetite or feel too tired to prepare and eat meals. However, eating regularly and eating healthy foods is important because food:Provides your body with the energy it needs to function, such as for breathing and digestion.Provides you with the energy you need for daily activities.Helps strengthen your body's .

  4. COPD: Handling a Flare-Up - Symptoms

    People who have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) usually have some symptoms of both chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Your symptoms will change depending on the severity of your COPD.Key symptoms include:Long - term (chronic) cough.Chronic mucus (sputum) production when you cough.Repeated episodes of acute bronchitis.Shortness of breath that is persistent and gets worse, occurs during

  5. COPD: Handling a Flare-Up - 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. ...

  6. Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency

    WebMD explains the causes, symptoms, and treatment of Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, a disease passed down from your parents that can make it hard to breathe.

  7. Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency Starts in the Liver

    Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency (alpha-1) can hurt the liver, especially in small children. Learn about the symptoms, treatments, who's at risk, and how to prevent it.

  8. Emphysema: Stages and Prognosis

    WebMD explains two staging systems that determine the severity of emphysema in a person, along with prognosis and possible life expectancy.

  9. Emphysema: Diagnosis and Treatments

    WebMD explains the diagnosis and treatment of emphysema.

  10. What Is Emphysema?

    Emphysema is a disease of the lungs that can negatively affect breathing. Learn what causes it and what happens.

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