Machines to help you breathe. The use of a machine to help with breathing is called mechanical ventilation. Ventilation is used only if medicine isn't helping you and your breathing is getting very difficult.
Noninvasive positive pressure ventilation (NPPV) forces air into your lungs through a face mask.
With invasive ventilation, a breathing tube is inserted into your windpipe, and a machine forces air into your lungs.
Oxygen to help you breathe. Oxygen treatment can be done in the hospital or at home.
Antibiotics. These medicines are used when a bacterial lung infection is considered likely. People with COPD have a higher risk of pneumonia and frequent lung infections. These infections often lead to COPD exacerbations, or flare-ups, so it's important to try to avoid them.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
September 09, 2014
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