Dagnosis was made in 2005but to this day I have no symptoms. I understand that there are 4 stages to copd but is it not possible that I will not advance to the other stages. I did smoke for 11 years and quit 3 years ago and keep myself in good shape. What do you think?
Hopefully you will stay well too. Not smoking and keeping yourself well are important factors in staying well. It's possible that quitting smoking has stopped the condition from getting any worse. Below is some information on the treatment of COPD.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is lung disease that makes it difficult to breathe.
Treatment of COPD
There is no cure for COPD. However, there are many things you can do to relieve symptoms and keep the disease from getting worse.
Persons with COPD must stop smoking. This is the only way to prevent the lung damage from getting worse.
Medications used to treat COPD include:
* Inhalers (bronchodilators) to open the airways, such as ipratropium (Atrovent), tiotropium (Spiriva), salmeterol (Serevent), or formoterol (Foradil)
* Inhaled steroids to reduce lung inflammation
In severe cases or during flare-ups, you may need to receive steroids by mouth or through a vein (intravenously).
Antibiotics are prescribed during symptom flare ups, because infections can make COPD worse.
Other treatments for COPD include:
* Breathing support, such as long-term, low-flow oxygen, noninvasive ventilation, or a breathing tube
* Surgery to remove parts of the diseased lung
Lung rehabilitation does not cure the lung disease, but it teaches a patient to breathe in a different way so they can stay active.
Lung rehabilitation does not cure the lung disease, but it can teach you to breathe in a different way so you can stay active. Many hospitals offer these programs. They can also help you learn more about COPD. Exercise is very important, and helps keep you strong.
Things you can do to make it easier for yourself around the home include:
* Avoiding very cold air
* Making sure no one smokes in your home
* Reducing air pollution by eliminating fireplace smoke and other irritants
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