Conserving Energy When You Have COPD or Other Chronic Conditions - Topic Overview
What does it mean to conserve energy?Cooking dinner, putting away laundry, or even just walking across your living room can be exhausting when you have COPD, heart failure, or another long-term (chronic) condition. You may feel at times as though you've lost your ability to live your life.Conserving, or saving, your energy means finding ways of doing daily activities with as little effort as possible. With some planning and tips, you can get tasks done more easily and enjoy your daily routine.How can you conserve energy in daily activities?Plan activitiesMake a list of what you have to do every day. Group the tasks by location, so you do all the chores you have in one part of your house around the same time.Go out for errands or do chores at the time of day when you have the most energy.Leave plenty of time to do tasks or get to events. That way you aren't rushed and breathless to get somewhere. Include rest periods in your day.Ask for help from family or friends for chores that are
COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) - Topic Overview
What is COPD? Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease?Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a group of long - term (chronic) lung diseases that makes it hard to breathe. In COPD, airflow through the airways leading to and within the lungs (bronchial tubes) is partially blocked, resulting in difficulty breathing. As the disease gets worse, breathing becomes more difficult, and it may become hard
Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency Genetic Testing - Why Would I Not Be Tested?
You may decide not to be tested because:You do not have symptoms of lung disease.No one in your family has AAT deficiency or lung or liver disease.You would be worried if you knew that you might get lung or liver disease some day.You do not smoke and you already are taking good care of yourself. You think there is nothing more you could do to prevent or delay the disease.The test cannot predict ..
A lung scan is a nuclear scanning test that's usually used to detect a pulmonary embolism, which is blood clot that is preventing normal blood flow to part of a lung.
COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) - Ongoing Concerns
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) gradually worsens over time. Your symptoms depend on when COPD was diagnosed, how far along it is, and your lifestyle.If you are diagnosed early, before a lot of lung damage has taken place, you may have very mild symptoms, even when you are active. If you are diagnosed later, you may have already lost much of your lung function. If you have an ...
Pneumonia - Prevention
There are a number of steps you can take to help prevent getting pneumonia. Stop smoking. Smoking makes it more likely you will get pneumonia. Avoid contact with people who have respiratory tract infections, such as colds and influenza (flu).
Cystic Fibrosis and Exercise - Topic Overview
Regular exercise improves the health of people who have cystic fibrosis. Exercise helps loosen mucus, encourages coughing, improves oxygen flow, and makes you feel better. Upper body exercises, such as swimming or rowing, increase the strength and endurance of the muscles that are used for breathing. After talking to your doctor about how much exercise is good for your child, encourage your child to participate in sports and recreational activities. Team sports are great ways for your child to stay fit and to interact with other children. Talk to the coach or supervisor about your child's abilities and the important role of physical activity in the treatment of cystic fibrosis.Some people who have cystic fibrosis may not be strong enough to participate in certain activities. Your doctor can recommend the right amount and type of exercise for you. Or you may work with a physical therapist to develop your own exercise routine. For more information, see the topic Fitness: Getting and
Acute Bronchitis - Topic Overview
What is bronchitis?Bronchitis means that the tubes that carry air to the lungs (the bronchial tubes) are inflamed and irritated. When this happens, the bronchial tubes swell and produce mucus. This makes you cough.There are two types of bronchitis:Acute bronchitis usually comes on quickly and gets better after 2 to 3 weeks. Chronic bronchitis keeps coming back and can last a long time, especially in people who smoke. Chronic bronchitis means that you have a cough with mucus most days of the month for 3 months of the year and for at least 2 years in a row.This topic focuses on acute bronchitis. Both children and adults can get acute bronchitis.Most healthy people who get acute bronchitis get better without any problems. But it can be more serious in older adults and children and in people with other health problems, especially lung diseases such as asthma or COPD. Complications can include pneumonia and repeated episodes of severe bronchitis.What causes acute bronchitis?Acute
Acute Bronchitis - Frequently Asked Questions
Learning about acute bronchitis:What is acute bronchitis?How can I tell whether I have pneumonia or bronchitis?Getting treatment:Should I take antibiotics for acute bronchitis?When might antibiotics be used for bronchitis?Taking care of yourself:What can I do to relieve a cough?When do I need to see a doctor?When does my child need to see a doctor?
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