Living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) can be tough, especially as there is no current cure. However, with the help of a variety of COPD treatments, you can effectively manage and live with your condition.
So just what are the best COPD treatments and how can they help you?
Here are our top 5 COPD treatments
If you’re a smoker, stopping is the most effective COPD treatment and can prevent your condition from getting worse.
Although damage to the lungs and airways can’t be reversed, quitting smoking can help prevent any existing damage from worsening.
This may be the only COPD treatment that’s needed in the early stages of the condition, but it’s never too late to stop. Studies have found that people with more advanced COPD are still likely to benefit from quitting.
If you feel you may benefit from help when trying to quit smoking, visit your GP or local pharmacist for advice.
Use an Inhaler
If your COPD is affecting your breathing, you may be given an inhaler. Inhalers deliver medication directly into your lungs as you breathe in, providing an immediate and direct COPD treatment.
Your GP will advise you on when and how to use your inhaler correctly.
There are several different types of inhaler for COPD treatment and your GP will be able to advise you on the best inhaler for you.
Pulmonary rehabilitation is a specialised COPD treatment. It involves a programme of exercise and education designed to help people COPD and other lung conditions.
This particular COPD treatment can help improve how much exercise you’re able to do before feeling out of breath, as well as your symptoms.
Pulmonary rehabilitation usually involves two or more group sessions a week for at least six weeks.
A typical programme includes:
– Physical exercise training tailored to your needs and ability
– Education about your condition for you and your family
– Dietary advice
– Psychological and emotional support
Surgery as a COPD treatment is usually suitable for only a small number of people whose COPD is severe and hasn’t responded to other COPD treatments.
There are three common surgical COPD treatments that can be done:
– Bullectomy – this is an operation to remove a pocket of air from one of the lungs making breathing more comfortable
– Lung volume reduction surgery – this is a procedure to remove a badly damaged section of the lung.
– Lung transplant – this COPD treatment removes and replaces a damaged lung with a healthy donated lung.
If your doctor feels surgery is a COPD treatment option for you, you can speak to them about what various procedures involve and what the benefits and risks would be for you.
If you suffer or believe you may be suffering from COPD, visit our hospital in Malaga for one-to-one specialist advice on the right COPD treatment for you.