When you have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, shortness of breath may be a daily and unwelcome fact of life. Perhaps your doctor is urging you to enter a pulmonary rehabilitation program to help you manage your disease better. Or maybe you’ve heard about various breathing techniques, such as pursed lip breathing or diaphragmatic breathing.
What can help you to cope with breathlessness and improve your quality of life? Two lung experts spoke to WebMD about useful measures that you...
Don't panic if
you start to have a flare-up. If you are prepared, you may be able to get it
under control. Work with your doctor to make a plan for dealing with a COPD
Take your medicines as your doctor says:
First, use your quick-relief inhaler. If your symptoms don't get better after you use your medicine,
have someone take you to the emergency room. Call an ambulance if
With inhaled medicines, a spacer or a nebulizer may help you get more medicine to your lungs. Ask your doctor
or pharmacist how to use them properly. Practice using the spacer in front of a
mirror before you have a flare-up. This may help you get the medicine into your
If your doctor has given you steroid pills, take them as directed.
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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
May 15, 2013
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