You and your doctor should create a written plan of action for acute exacerbations. This plan may include:
Using more of your bronchodilators and using them more often
Adding an inhaled steroid to your routine or increasing the dose if you are already taking one
Using a brief “burst” of oral steroids
Eating properly and drinking plenty of water
Using oxygen or turning up your oxygen
After you have met with your doctor and you understand your action...
Tell your doctor about any changes in your symptoms and whether you have had any flare-ups. Your doctor may change your medicines based on your symptoms.
The sooner COPD is diagnosed, the sooner you can take steps to slow down the disease and keep your quality of life for as long as possible. Screening tests help your doctor diagnose COPD early, before you have any symptoms.
Talk to your doctor about COPD screening if you:
Are a smoker or an ex-smoker.
Have had serious asthma symptoms for a long time, and they have not improved with treatment.
Have a job where you are exposed to a lot of chemicals or dust.
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) doesn't recommend COPD screening for adults who are not at high risk for COPD.5 And some experts recommend that screening be done only for people who have symptoms of a lung problem.6