Chronic cough, sputum and shortness of breath are typical symptoms of COPD. Early treatment can slow the course. Photo: Michael Heim, Chissy, shutterstock, djd
Chronic cough, sputum and shortness of breath are typical symptoms of COPD. Early treatment can slow the course.
- Appropriate treatments can slow chronic lung disease
DJD, November 10, 2022
even with little physical #Attempt goes #blow outside, there are regular attacks of cough in the morning and #ejectionThe #breast Tightness or wheezing and rattling while exhaling: Such symptoms may indicate chronic obstructive pulmonary disease – in brief #copd – Clues. Obstructive means “to obstruct” or “to restrict” and is a main feature of the disease as the airways become permanently inflamed and/or narrowed, making it difficult to breathe. about 3 million people in #Germany Suffer from, usually diagnosed over the age of 60.
main risk factors #smoking
The disease COPD includes both chronic obstructive bronchitis and pulmonary emphysema. in chronic obstructive #bronchitis The inflammation, among other things, destroys the cilia, which are responsible for the self-cleaning of the airways. Slime can’t be taken away now, it comes #cough And #infection, In the case of pulmonary emphysema, the alveoli and the smallest airways are damaged, stale air can no longer be expelled properly, resulting in permanent shortness of breath and overfilled lungs. The biggest risk factor for COPD is smoking, but air pollution, heredity, or childhood respiratory diseases may also play a role. #disease Is not curable and usually progresses, causing flare-ups (exacerbations). COPD can be treated, and in many cases the symptoms and consequences of the disease can be reduced. In addition to medication, treatment measures also include smoking cessation, regular exercise, nutritional advice, respiratory therapy or physiotherapy.
If there are early signs #doctor Walk
Anyone who has symptoms of possible COPD should see a doctor as soon as possible. This is difficult for some of those affected: “Smokers often fear being stigmatized and ultimately being asked to give up their vice,” says Dr. Christoph Maas, medical director at Chisi Germany. ‘But that can’t be a reason den #doctor to avoid, because premature #diagnosis Enables an individually adapted therapy. also allows for difficult subject #tobacco off A solution can be found through dialogue. COPD can be treated, but the first step is diagnosis. In addition to continued therapy, reliable information is also helpful: #online There are many facts, tips and information that can make it easier for those with the disease to live and organize daily life as carefree as possible.
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