Asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are both serious chronic lung conditions. However, they aren’t as similar in some respects as many people believe. While they both have symptoms such as shortness of breath, wheezing and chronic coughing, these lung conditions have 4 major differences.
- Diagnosis Age — A major difference between COPD and asthma is the age at which people with these conditions are diagnosed. Asthma patients tend to be diagnosed quite young. In many cases, this chronic lung condition is identified when patients are children or pre-teens. On the other hand, COPD patients tend to be diagnosed much later. According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), it’s uncommon for people under 40 to be diagnosed with or show symptoms of COPD.
- History of Smoking — Smoking history is another significant difference between people with asthma and COPD. Smoking is one of the leading causes of COPD, and a majority of COPD patients have been smokers at some point in their lives. However, most asthma patients do not smoke. This is the case for 2 main reasons. For one, asthma patients are often aware they have a lung issue well before the age most people begin smoking. Also, people diagnosed with asthma typically avoid smoking since it’s known to make asthma symptoms worse.
- Triggers — Asthma attacks are typically caused by known triggers such as physical activity or allergens in the environment such as mold or pet dander. COPD flare-ups become worse over time and can be triggered without a known cause. While allergens can make COPD symptoms worse, they are not the cause of the disease. COPD is a progressive lung disease and is used as an umbrella encompassing chronic bronchitis and emphysema.
- Goal of Treatments — The goal of the treatments for asthma and COPD will also differ. For asthma patients, the primary treatment goal is to limit their exposure to triggers that can increase lung inflammation, and in most cases, the effects of asthma can be successfully counteracted. However, COPD is incurable, so treatments for this chronic lung condition focus more on slowing the progression of inflammation, lung tissue damage and other symptoms.
We Have Treatments to Help You
Common treatment plans for COPD include options like inhaled medications and supplemental oxygen. From quick-relief medications to inhalers, there are also several treatments for asthma patients. However, Lung Health Institute offers other treatments that may help both of these chronic lung conditions.
For instance, we offer 3 Anti-Inflammatory Initiative™ plans. These plans are designed to offer many benefits. One of these benefits is using diet, exercise, supplements and other natural options to boost the immune system. Another benefit is these plans help train your body to use fats to fight inflammation.
Lung Health Institute also offers a minimally invasive treatment option called cellular therapy. When patients receive cellular therapy, a small sample of their own blood is taken, and platelets, growth factors, proteins and other helpful cells are separated and concentrated from this blood sample. The concentrated cells are then returned into the bloodstream. This may help repair damaged tissue and reduce inflammation, allowing patients to Breathe Easier™ and improve their quality of life.
Take the next step to find relief. Contact one of our patient coordinators today for more information or to schedule a free consultation.