Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, known as COPD, is a degenerative inflammatory lung disease that inhibits the intake of air into your lungs. COPD is a combination of two chronic lung conditions: emphysema and chronic bronchitis. When working together, these two diseases cause your airway to swell and be coated in mucus and your air sacs to become stiff. There is no cure for COPD, but treatments can help slow its progress and manage the symptoms.
At the Lung Health Institute, we specialize in treating a variety of lung conditions. Our licensed medical professionals are passionate about helping you breathe easier and live a full life without being held back by COPD.
How is COPD caused?
COPD is primarily caused by cigarette smoke. Quitting smoking now will reduce your chances of developing COPD and other chronic lung diseases. It can also be caused by second-hand smoke, so when you smoke around others, you put them at risk for COPD as well.
Additionally, COPD can be inherited genetically or caused by asthma. However, these cases are rarer. If you have never smoked, you should have a low likelihood of developing COPD.
What are the symptoms of COPD?
When you identify the symptoms of COPD, it’s important to seek medical attention immediately. Catching the symptoms early should allow your medical professional to develop a treatment that helps improve your quality of life and slows the disease’s progress.
The symptoms of COPD include the following:
- Frequent coughing with mucus production
- Frequently clearing mucus from your throat
- Tightness of the chest
- Blue lips or fingernail beds
- Frequent tiredness
- Swelling in ankles, feet and legs
Later stages of COPD often include uncontrollable weight loss on top of these other symptoms. Again, if you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please seek medical attention immediately. Prolonging treatment allows the disease to progress unchecked, making it more difficult to manage its symptoms.
So, can COPD patients get better?
As mentioned before, COPD has no cure, but medical treatment can assist in managing the severity of its symptoms, allowing you to live your daily life with fewer interruptions from the disease.
Lung specialists, like our team at the Lung Health Institute, are able to provide COPD reinforcement aimed at helping you live a long and full life while coping with your COPD. With treatment, COPD patients cannot get better in the sense that the COPD permanently goes away, but they can live a better life with assistance from treatment.
Would you like to visit the Lung Health Institute for COPD treatment? Contact our offices to speak with a patient coordinator to schedule an appointment. We may be able to assist you with services like our anti-inflammatory initiative, which helps reduce inflammation or Cellular Therapy. We look forward to helping you breathe better again.