I have COPD. What can help me breathe better?

Treatment for COPD can help improve breathing and slow the progression of the disease. Some treatments include:

  • bronchodilators, which are medications that relax the muscles around the airways to help them open up
  • corticosteroids, which can reduce inflammation in the lungs
  • oxygen therapy, which can help ensure that enough oxygen is getting to the body's tissues
  • pulmonary rehabilitation, which can help improve lung function and overall fitness
  • quitting smoking and avoiding exposure to other lung irritants
  • Vaccination, such as the flu vaccine and the pneumococcal vaccine, can also help prevent respiratory infections.

It is important to work with your healthcare provider to develop an individualized treatment plan that works for you. They may also be able to refer you to a respiratory therapist or a pulmonologist for additional support and guidance.

Source: Vivacare
Last updated : 1/27/2023

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