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  1. Nebulizer for COPD Treatment - 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 (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) - Surgery

    Lung surgery is rarely used to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Surgery is never the first treatment option and is only considered for people who have severe COPD that has not improved with other treatment.Surgery ChoicesLung volume reduction surgery removes a portion of one or both lungs, making room for the remaining lung tissue to work more efficiently. It is used only in ...

  3. COPD: Lung Volume Reduction Surgery - Topic Overview

    In lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS),a large area of damaged lung is removed to allow the remaining lung tissue to expand when you breathe in. This surgery sometimes is done if you have severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) with severe emphysema. 1 The National Emphysema Treatment Trial has examined the results of LVRS. The results of this study report that people not ...

  4. Physical Exam for Pleurisy - Topic Overview

    When you see your doctor with chest pain from pleurisy, he or she will check:Your temperature. If pleurisy is caused by a viral infection, typical viral symptoms of fever, headache, and muscle aches may be present.Your breathing. You may be taking rapid and shallow breaths to avoid the chest pain of pleurisy.Whether the pain varies depending on your actions. The chest pain of pleurisy is usually worse with coughing, sneezing, or during sudden movements. It may ease when you hold your breath or apply pressure to the painful area.Where the pain is. The chest pain of pleurisy may be on only one side of the chest or may extend to a shoulder or the belly. Your doctor also will listen to your chest for:Dull thuds heard when the chest is tapped (percussion dullness).Sounds made when the two layers of the pleura rub together (pleural friction rub).

  5. Traveling With Oxygen - Health Tools

    Health Tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health.Actionsets are designed to help people take an active role in managing a health condition. Oxygen Therapy: Using Oxygen at Home

  6. Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) Infection - When To Call a Doctor

    Find out when to call a doctor about respiratory syncytial virus infection (RSV infection).

  7. COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) - When to Call a Doctor

    Call your health professional immediately if you have been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and you:Have shortness of breath or wheezing that is rapidly getting worse.Are coughing more deeply or more frequently, especially if you notice an increase in mucus (sputum) or a change in the color of the mucus you cough up.Cough up blood.Have increased swelling in your legs or

  8. 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.

  9. Pulmonary Embolism - What Happens

    Pulmonary embolism can be fatal. Find out how pulmonary embolism unfolds.

  10. Physical Exam for Pneumonia - Topic Overview

    When you visit your doctor for suspected pneumonia,he or she will check: Your heart rate. It may be faster if you have a fever or are dehydrated. Your temperature. You usually have fever in pneumonia. Your breathing. Fast,shallow breathing; difficulty breathing; and shortness of breath often are symptoms of pneumonia. Whether you have chest pain. Your oxygen level. Other symptoms,if ...

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