Coughing, difficulty breathing, wheezing, and tightness in the chest can all be signs that you have asthma.
But they also could signal chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). This can make it harder for doctors to determine exactly which one you have, especially as you age.
Asthma, COPD, and Age
In a 2014 presentation, the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (ACAAI) revealed that “as many as 50 percent of older adults with obstructive airway disease have overlapping characteristics of asthma and COPD.”
Worse yet, this number increases the older you get.
That’s why it is so important to have a solid, in-depth workup to determine which condition is actually at play if you are experiencing symptoms.
After all, you can’t properly treat your breathing difficulties if you don’t know what the condition is, and asthma and COPD have very different treatment methods.
Asthma Treatment Options
If your doctor determines that you have asthma, treatment options generally consist of two types of medication.
The first is a quick-acting medicine that helps in the event that you have an asthma attack, opening the passages to the lungs so you can get some much-needed air.
The second is a medication designed to act as a long-term asthma control, hopefully keeping your condition from getting worse.
In some cases, doctors may recommend immunotherapy for asthma sufferers, primarily if allergies are the cause of the asthmatic issues.
This may involve getting regular allergy shots to help your body build up a tolerance to your specific allergen or it could take a different approach of placing dissolvable allergy tablets under your tongue prior to allergy season to lessen your body’s response.
COPD Treatment Methods
COPD treatment isn’t quite as simple to treat as the ACAAI indicates that there is no “one-size-fits-all approach.”
While medications can certainly be used to help ease COPD symptoms, managing and treating this particular condition often requires that additional measures be taken.
For instance, in addition to avoiding any environmental pollutants that can aggravate your individual COPD symptoms, breathing exercises can also help build up your lungs and improve their function.
Stem cell therapy is another great treatment option as it uses your own stem cells to reduce inflammation and assist with the natural healing process.
If you or a loved one suffers from a chronic disease like COPD, emphysema, pulmonary fibrosis or other symptoms of lung disease, the Lung Institute offers a variety of adult stem cell treatment options.
Contact us today at (800) 729-3065 or fill out the form to see if you qualify for stem cell therapy, and find out what stem cell therapy could mean for you.
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