When you have received a COPD diagnosis, it is often followed by a prescription for medical grade oxygen.
You are left feeling overwhelmed with a wealth of new knowledge you must retain. With COPD you may have a need for supplemental medical grade oxygen. Medical grade oxygen treatment is typically delivered through a tube with two nasal prongs. This is better known as a nasal cannula.
Nasal cannulas are designed to be inserted into your nostrils and attached to your portable or home oxygen concentrator. Meaning they become dirty very quickly and regularly. So you need to make it a top priority to regularly replace and clean your nasal cannulas.
Reading COPD forums and blogs, there are countless patients saying something along the lines of “my oxygen provider tells me to only change my nasal cannula after I’ve had a respiratory infection, such as a cold.” Or “with regular cleaning you should only replace your nasal cannula 1-2 times a month.”
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a lung disease where the lungs become inflamed, damaged and possibly narrowed. The main cause of COPD is smoking, but some patients have never smoked.
One of the symptoms of COPD is a persistent wet cough. Some coughing is part of the condition and is necessary to help keep passageways clear but there may be other factors that are contributing to your cough.
The days are getting a little bit longer and the weather is getting a little bit milder. Color is starting to appear on the ground and leaves are starting to sprout on the trees. Despite the fact that it's still cold in some parts of the country, there's no doubt that spring has sprung for 2018. Spring can be a beautiful time of year but for COPD patients, increased pollen and other allergens in the air means increased risk of exacerbation. A study conducted at prestigious, Johns Hopkins showed that those with COPD or other chronic respiratory conditions were at risk for exacerbation following a histamine, or allergy attack.
COPD and other respiratory or inflammatory related diseases often require the use of corticosteroids for treatment. Though these treatment regimens are quite successful they do have an unfortunate side effect. They have been linked to the increased risk of bone loss, more commonly known as osteoporosis.
One of the most common medications prescribed to treat Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) are corticosteroids. These medications ease inflammation in the airways, reducing swelling and the production of mucus, thereby alleviating symptoms.
When someone is diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, it can be devastating. The disease will change the person’s life, from their social events to their daily life at home. If you are a family member or friend of someone who has recently been diagnosed with COPD, you play an important role in the well-being of the patient. It’s important to learn what you can do to help your loved one manage their COPD and be there as part of their support structure. Here are some important things you can do to help your loved one with COPD feel better and improve their quality of life: