Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a group of diseases that causes breathing related problems. 16 million Americans suffer from COPD today. Among these diseases are emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Though there is no cure for COPD, but there are treatments, including in-home care, that can make living with the disease more comfortable.
When should I talk to my doctor about COPD treatment?
Though millions of Americans are diagnosed yearly with COPD, there are millions more who go undiagnosed. It’s important to talk to your doctor if you’re experiencing warning signs of COPD. Some of these signs are:
- Shortness of breath or worsening of shortness of breath
- Frequent coughing or wheezing
- Excess or change in phlegm or mucus
- Weakness or fatigue
- Unexplained weight loss
- Frequent headaches or dizziness
How can home health care help with my COPD?
Learning to manage your COPD at home with your family can help with your daily symptoms. The first important part of home COPD management is education. Both you and your family should be educated on COPD symptoms, expectations, and what to look for and what action to take if symptoms worsen. Your family will also be equipped with the knowledge they need to assist with any medication or worsening of your condition as time goes on.
How is COPD treated at home?
There are several treatment steps that are implemented in COPD home care. Your doctor or home health care professionals at Lane Home Health will help to develop a plan specific to your needs. This plan may include:
- Help to quit smoking
- Pulmonary rehabilitation
- Health weight maintenance
- Vaccinations, especially for the flu or COVID-19
- Breathing techniques
- Oxygen monitoring
- Maintaining a healthy diet
- Avoiding lung irritants, such as strong perfumes or chemicals
- Developing a plan of action for worsening symptoms
Though there is no cure for COPD, engaging in proper home care can improve your symptoms and offer you a fulfilling and comfortable life outcome. If you need assistance with COPD home care, request more information or an appointment with our Home Health Care team today.