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Treating COPD with Care

by Shannon, May 06, 2019

Living with a diagnosis of COPD can be challenging, but with the right support, you can find solace in knowing that your loved ones and the experts at Care Indeed can offer you that support.

 

As professionals in the care industry, the experts at Care Indeed know that navigating progressive diseases such as COPD can be difficult. That’s why we provide hourly and live-in care for individuals and elderly clients in need of support and companion ship. Our mission is also to educate our client base and the community on how diseases and ailments affect the mind and body.

 

As a continuation to our series on Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, also known as COPD, we are committed to helping you learn coping skills for navigating the treatment options of COPD with grace. Care Indeed is committed to giving you the resources you need to find the care you deserve and need.


The Treatment Options for COPD

While there is not currently a cure for COPD, treatment options are available to help ease symptoms, prevent complications and slow down the progression of the disease. Typically, patients diagnosed with COPD meet with their primary physician, lung specialists and physical or respiratory therapists to manage the disease.

 

One of the primary treatments to help those diagnosed with COPD manage the disease is medication. Medications vary, but according to medical specialists from Healthline, common prescriptions include:

 

  • Inhaled Bronchodilators: Commonly administered in the form of inhalers or nebulizers, these medications help to loosen tightened muscles in your airways. For individuals coping with the early stages of COPD, bronchodilators offer relief from four to six hours and as long as 12 hours.

 

  • Theophylline: This type of medication can help to prevent flare-ups that are common with COPD. Although this medication may cause side effects, its purpose is to relax the airway’s muscles.

 

  • Corticosteroids: Designed to lower your mucus production and reduce inflammation in your airways, corticosteroids are commonly used in conjunction with bronchodilators.

 

  • Phosphodiesterase-4 Inhibitors: Available in pill form, this type of medication is designed to also relax the airways and reduce inflammation.

 

  • Oxygen Therapy: As the disease progresses, patients may notice that blood oxygen levels decrease. Oxygen therapy is administered through a nasal cannula or mask to help patients breathe better.

 

  • Surgery: Although rare, extreme cases of COPD, especially in the form of emphysema, may require surgery. One particular surgery, known as bullectomy, involves removing abnormal air spaces from the lungs. Physicians may also opt to remove portions of your upper lung tissue that is damaged. In addition, surgeries may also involve a lung transplantation.

 

Treating COPD With Lifestyle Changes

Making changes to your lifestyle habits and environment can ease the symptoms of COPD and provide you – or a loved one – with relief. The American Lung Association suggests the following:

  • Quit Smoking
  • Adopt a Healthy Eating Plan
  • Engage in Mild Exercises

 

Your diet plays a role in your overall health, but it can also help you to gain the energy you need to combat and cope with the symptoms of COPD. When creating a healthy meal plan for you – or a loved one – include these nutritious foods to the plan:

  • Vegetables
  • Fruits
  • Grains
  • Protein
  • Dairy

 

In addition, fuel your body with non-caffeinated liquids each day to help combat mucus.

 

How you eat can also help to minimize complications with the disease. Consider the following as you consume your daily meals:

  • Chew slowly and take smaller bites of food
  • Opt for five or six small meals versus three large meals each day
  • Clear your airways at least an hour before you eat

 

How Can I Find the Support I Need

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a form of COPD, you need resources, support and compassion to navigate the disease. Care Indeed professionals are here for you.

 

Support and care is essential as you cope with a COPD diagnosis. Care Indeed professionals are highly-trained to assist with mobility, hygiene, transportation and companionship regardless of your condition or disease. We offer local resources for our clients and their families to help you understand the level of care you need. In addition, our professional caregivers are available to help you with daily tasks to ease the transition when COPD progresses.

 

Life with any type of COPD is challenging and learning how to accept the challenge is the first step in improving your overall quality of life. While you may struggle with the changes as a patient, caregiver or family member, the support you need is only a click away.

 

Care Indeed is committed to providing you the support and in-home caregivers who understand your challenges and daily struggles at work and home. Learn more about how to get the support you need while living with COPDtoday