At Mercy Grace Private Practice, Drs. Lanre and Hope Ijaola and their staff specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of many upper respiratory disorders, including COPD and asthma. The doctors serve the residents of Gilbert, Arizona area.
What is COPD?
COPD is also referred to as chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder. COPD is a progressive condition that affects the lungs and will continue to worse as time passes. It is aggravated by smoking, airborne contaminants, and allergens. Constant exposure to these types of irritants can cause the condition to worsen at a much faster rate than if the person would avoid them. COPD is sometimes used in relation to other lung diseases, like emphysema, asthma, and chronic bronchitis. The main symptom associated with COPD and other conditions similar to it is breathlessness. The inability to draw in a full breath may be the most accurate description of what a person feels like who has COPD.
How is COPD Treated?
For most people with COPD, smoking has played a large role in how they were diagnosed with the disease. Putting down the cigarettes will make a huge impact on how quickly their COPD worsens. If a person stops smoking, it can dramatically slow down the progression of the disease. Removing the causes of the irritation is a great help. Bronchodilators can be used to keep airways open and steroid-based inhalers are effective in helping to reduce the inflammation that can be caused by the irritation of certain pollutants. Oxygen therapy and pulmonary rehabilitation programs are extremely beneficial at keeping the airways open and breathing patterns normal.
Can COPD be Prevented?
A person's overall, general health and how well they protect their lungs from airborne contaminants will determine whether or not COPD can be prevented. Keeping the lungs strong, with regular exercise and a nutritionally sound diet will help tremendously. Eliminating cigarette smoke, airborne contaminants, pollution, and controlling a person's exposure to known allergens are the keys to making sure COPD does not become a measure issue as a person gets older. Individuals who have upper respiratory conditions like chronic bronchitis and asthma are already predisposed to COPD, so it is important to not increase their risk.