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Lung Disease & Respiratory Health Center

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  1. COPD: Handling a Flare-Up - Medications

    Medication for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is used to reduce shortness of breath, control any coughing and wheezing, and to prevent and reduce a rapid, sometimes sudden, and prolonged worsening of cough, amount of mucus, and/or shortness of breath (COPD exacerbation). Most people with COPD find that medications make breathing easier.Bronchodilators and inhaled corticosteroids are

  2. COPD: Handling a Flare-Up - Cause

    Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is most often caused by smoking. Nearly everyone with COPD (80% to 90%) has been a long - term smoker, and research supports the fact that smoking cigarettes increases the risk of developing COPD.1 At least 10% to 15% of long - term smokers develop COPD with symptoms; some studies indicate up to 50% of long - term smokers older than age 45 develop COPD.

  3. Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) - 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. Eating a steady amount of vitamin K when you take warfarin (Coumadin) ...

  4. COPD: Handling a Flare-Up - Other Treatment

    Other treatment for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) includes:Pulmonary rehabilitation, which employs a team of health professionals that monitors and treats the medical, physical, and emotional aspects of COPD. It generally combines exercise, breathing therapy, emotional support, nutritional guidance, and education. Pulmonary rehabilitation is required for those undergoing lung ...

  5. Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) - Symptoms

    Learn the symptoms of pulmonary embolism.

  6. Lung Function Tests

    Lung function tests (also called pulmonary function tests, or PFTs) evaluate how well your lungs work.

  7. Oxygen Therapy: Using Oxygen at Home

    If you need oxygen therapy at home,it is important to learn how to use it and take care of your equipment. This information will help you get the most from your oxygen therapy. Key points Breathing extra oxygen can help you feel better and lead a more active life. You can travel even though you use oxygen,but you will need to plan ahead. Oxygen is a fire hazard. It is important to follow ...

  8. Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) - 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).

  9. COPD: Handling a Flare-Up - Topic Overview

    Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) slowly damages the lungs and affects how you breathe. COPD's effect on breathing In COPD,the airways of the lungs (bronchial tubes) become inflamed and narrowed. They tend to collapse when you breathe out and can become clogged with mucus. This reduces airflow through the bronchial tubes,a condition called airway obstruction,making it difficult ...

  10. COPD: Handling a Flare-Up - Topic Overview

    Spirometry is the best test to assess lung function. It often is used to evaluate a person who has a chronic cough and sputum ( mucus ) production and a history of risk factors for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD),even if shortness of breath is not present. It is also used to determine whether a specific therapy has improved lung function or whether your lung disease is getting ...

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