Coughing Hard: Finding Relief for COPD
Finding relief from COPD
Winters are on their way and we are sure you must be waiting for those mornings under your cozy quilts. But these winters are also responsible for aggravation of many pulmonary conditions like asthma, bronchitis, emphysema etc. So let's understand the big umbrella comprising of these lung conditions.
Do you feel breathless with the change in temperature? Many people mistake their breathlessness & coughing as a part of normal ageing. It's detrimental to take notice of long standing symptoms of cough & breathlessness. These could be the symptoms of progressive lung diseases which fall under the broad category of COPD i.e Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Diseases.
Cigarette smoking is far away the leading cause of COPD. It may also be caused by inhaling pollutants & is common in workers working in industries leading to secondary inhalation of fumes. At times COPD can also be genetic.
Attending your symptoms on time & visiting a good Chest Physician/ Pulmonologist will help you diagnose the condition & take the necessary measures.
Living with COPD can be stressful but small changes can make a bigger impact on the disease:.
Following tips will help you live better with COPD:
- Understand your lungs
- Oxygen therapy & medications (as prescribed)
- Pulmonary Rehab & special breathing exercises (Read more about pulmonary physiotherapy)
- Staying healthy & avoiding exacerbations
- Quit smoking & related aggravating factors