Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and asthma are conditions that affect your lungs and can result in breathing difficulties. Both COPD and Asthma are chronic conditions with no easy cure. What is effective is a focused COPD and Asthma Managementplan that will use a combination of lifestyle changes and medication to treat it.
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COPDis caused by damage inflicted on the lungs over a long period, and symptoms typically start to show among people over 40 years of age. Symptoms include tightness of the chest and wheezing; they tend to start mild and gradually worsen. As it is a chronic condition, COPD is best treated by reducing the likelihood of risk factors, such as smoking or other harmful lifestyle habits, and using prescribed medications to aid in breathing.
On the other hand, Asthma is a chronic illness that makes your airways sensitive to allergens and irritants, both of which may trigger asthma attacks. An asthma attack has similar symptoms to COPD but requires a more specific treatment plan. Asthma treatment focuses on determining a patient’s allergens and knowing how to manage an attack, so the medications may vary for each patient.
COPD and Asthma Management consists of constant monitoring, lung function management, and sometimes dual bronchodilation. Routine check-ups will be essential to monitor your symptoms and gauge whether your COPD or asthma is getting worse. Spirometry, which is a test assessing the quality of your lungs and the air you breathe, must be performed annually to gauge the severity of your condition.
Likewise, we will prescribe appropriate medication and provide concrete action points to reduce the onset of symptoms and prevent exacerbation. Quitting smoking is essential for patients with COPD, so our doctors can guide and help you find a manageable way to cease the habit. Overall, making healthy changes in your lifestyle will be crucial to improve your well-being.
At Tuross Head Medical Centre, we can help you manage your chronic conditions which a targeted and personal treatment plan. We look at long-term results and find ways to improve your quality of life so you can live your best life – even with a chronic condition. For an appointment with us, call 0244765588