Emphysema Treatment Options
If you have been diagnosed with emphysema, your treatment options will probably be some of the first things you’ll discuss with your doctor. Emphysema, which is one of the prominent types of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), will progressively make it harder to breathe. As such, the sooner you develop a treatment plan, the more effective you may be at minimizing symptoms.
The most common traditional treatment methods for emphysema include:
- Medicated inhalers — Bronchodilators may be prescribed to relax the bronchiolar muscles and promote airflow in the lungs. Corticosteroids can also be prescribed to reduce inflammation.
- Medication — Antibiotics are often prescribed to prevent or treat an antibacterial infection that can contribute to the symptoms of emphysema.
- Oxygen therapy — Oxygen is typically used for those with more severe cases of emphysema. Oxygen can be used on either a full-time or supplemental basis, such as when the patient is at home or exercising, to increase blood oxygen levels.
The Lung Institute offers a viable alternative to treating emphysema: cellular therapy. Unlike traditional medications and therapy, which generally only address the condition’s symptoms and not its underlying causes, cellular therapy has been shown to potentially slow the progression of the disease and reduce lung inflammation. More than 80 percent of patients who have undergone treatment at the Lung Institute have reported an improvement in overall quality of life following one of our natural emphysema treatment options.