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Is steam useful for soothing the lungs for COPD patients. I do deep breathing exercises but sometimes while deep breathing I experience discomfort in the rib cage just above the abdomen. I am also prone to bloating.

Dr. Mool Chand Gupta 89% (33562 ratings)
MD PULMONARY, DTCD
Pulmonologist, Faridabad
Is steam useful for soothing the lungs for COPD patients. I do deep breathing exercises but sometimes while deep brea...
Steam inhalation can better or worsen the situation. It is individual variation and you can try. Deep and slow breathing do help.
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Suffering from copd recently ecg shows that right bundle block what should we do?

Dr. Garima Sharma 90% (415 ratings)
MBBS
General Physician, Fatehabad
Suffering from copd recently ecg shows that right bundle block what should we do?
Hi lybrate-user, There's no specific treatment for bundle branch block itself. However, any underlying health condition that caused bundle branch block, such as heart disease, will need to be treated. Sometimes, bundle branch block is associated with other problems in the heart's electrical system that can lead to dangerously slow heartbeats that need treatment with a temporary or permanent pacemaker. For COPD: Therapy guided by diagnosis and assessment of severity domains–– 10 Each Domain requires separate treatment consideration. For example, if regular symptoms are present, an exercise program needs to be considered regardless of what other domains are present. First line therapy is red. / Second line choices are green. The various treatments can generally be combined as needed, but fixed combinations should not be combined with equivalent individual components. 2) Short acting bronchodilators are rescue medications for acute dyspnea. Frequent use suggests the need for addition of a long acting bronchodilator or other adjustments in therapy. 3) Theophylline may be an additional option for some patients potentially improving lung function and symptoms. Hope this helps. Good luck.
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What is the difference between COPD and Asthma. I get cough intermittently if I am exposed to dust or smoke and then I have breathing issues and have to take foracort 200 mg and then the cough or congestion settles down. What is it Asthma or COPD?

Dr. Mool Chand Gupta 89% (33562 ratings)
MD PULMONARY, DTCD
Pulmonologist, Faridabad
What is the difference between COPD and Asthma.
I get cough intermittently if I am exposed to dust or smoke and then ...
Asthma a ch inflamatory dis of airways , can start at early age, can be intermittant and relieved by use of bronchodialators. COPD , also a ch inflamatory dis of airways, usualy occurs in smokers, or due to occupational dust exposure, after age 55 and gradually progressive.
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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease - 5 Symptoms Of It!

Dr. Rajesh Swarnakar 85% (10 ratings)
Diploma in Tuberculosis and Chest Diseases (DTCD), Board Certified in Pulmonary Medicine, FCCP - Pulmonary Medicine
Pulmonologist, Nagpur
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease - 5 Symptoms Of It!

The lungs are made of tubes through which air passes in and out for exchange of gases, taking in alveoli. It is disease of alveoli to which finer air conducting tubes are attached. Over a period of time, with age and exposure to various agents, these tubules get obstructed. The amount of air that can pass through these is reduced, leading to reduced oxygen supply to the lungs and thereby the various body organs.

Symptoms: The symptoms of COPD can be easily understood if we realize how COPD is caused. The progressive blockage of the air tubes causes less oxygen to reach the tissues, which is the most essential agent for all tissues and organs to function. Reduced supply produces a generalized limitation in physical activity. There are two main components to COPD - chronic bronchitis and emphysemaThe symptoms indicative of COPD are as follows:

  1. Chronic cough - Also referred to as smoker's cough, the cough is relentless and does not subside with regular cough treatment. This is one of the first indications of COPD.
  2. Mucus buildup - There is constant build up of mucus which gets expelled during coughing. The person never feels completely clear of mucus, and the regular cough expectorants do not help relieve the symptoms.
  3. Fatigue associated with limited activity - As noted earlier, the reduced capacity of the organs limits their activities. Therefore, regular activities like walking short distances or climbing stairs can induce fatigue.
  4. Shortness of breath - The above fatigue is associated with shortness of breath, even with small physical exertion. A person with COPD will see marked tiredness and reduced ability to perform routine chores and feel a tightness in the chest.
  5. Wheezing - Passage of air through the obstructed air tubes produces a whistling sound or wheezing. It is more pronounced when there is mucus accumulation in the airways.

Rarely, Frequent respiratory infections, more frequent flu attacks, swelling of the feet and ankles, cardiovascular disease, weight loss, and morning headaches.

Treatment:

While there is no cure for COPD, once it sets, the following are some ways to slow its progression and reduce severity of the symptoms:

  1. Bronchodilators - Dilate the air tubes and ease flow of air
  2. Corticosteroids - Help reduce inflammation and thereby improve airflow through the tubes
  3. Flu vaccination - Helps curb the frequent flu attacks
  4. Antibiotics - To contain infections
  5. Pulmonary rehabilitation - A combination of breathing exercise and patient education to improve lung function.
  6. Oxygen therapy - In very severe cases, oxygen may be required.
  7. Lifestyle changes - Eating healthy foods, preventing exposure to dust and smoke, quitting smoking, breathing exercises, bi-annual medical check-ups to monitor lung functions are essential.

Knowing that you have COPD is the first step towards managing COPD, which can be managed effectively.

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COPD- How Can It Be Treated?

Dr. Piyush Goel 92% (20 ratings)
MBBS, MD - Pulmonary Medicine, FNB-Critical Care and Medicine
Pulmonologist, Gurgaon
COPD- How Can It Be Treated?

The chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder is a highly prevalent lung disease. People affected by COPD suffer from difficulty in breathing which can hamper regular life to a considerable extent. Though there is no particular cure available for this condition so far, it can be essentially managed with lifestyle changes and proper treatments. This first step in the process is to quit smoking.

Which medicines are available for treating COPD?
Doctors use various medications for treating the symptoms and complications of this disease. Drugs that fall under any of the categories mentioned below, coupled with therapy sessions would be recommended.

  1. Bronchodilators: These medicines which tend to come in the form of an inhaler help in relaxing the muscles around the airways. It can assist in relieving coughing and shortness of breath making it easier to breathe. You may need a short-acting bronchodilator to provide quick relief and a long-acting bronchodilator to use on a regular basis.
  2. Combination inhalers: For those patients whose condition is severe and experience frequent flare-ups, combination inhalers are used. As the name implies, it is a combination of steroids and beta-agonist employed in the short or long acting bronchodilator. Your doctor might recommend this depending on your condition.
  3. Theophylline: This class of medicine is quite inexpensive which is commonly used in the treatment of COPD and asthma. It can improve breathing while preventing flare-ups. But the side effects of this medicine are many and may include fast heartbeat, headache, nausea, and even tremor. Hence, your doctor might advise this medication only if it suits you.

Can lung therapies help in treating COPD?
Doctors often use additional therapies for the treatment of moderate to severe COPD:

  1. Pulmonary rehabilitation program: These programs include exercise training, education, nutrition therapies and counseling. The affected person needs to work with the professionals who can tailor the rehabilitation program for meeting their specific needs. This treatment can shorten the duration of hospitalization and increase one’s ability to take part in daily activities.
  2. Oxygen therapy: If there is a lack of oxygen in the blood, you would need additional oxygen to supplement it. There are several types of equipment available in the market that can deliver oxygen to the lungs. Some of these are lightweight and portable which you may carry with you while running errands.

Is there any surgery available in the treatment of COPD?
Surgery may be the only option for people who have a severe form of COPD and emphysema. Some of the most common surgical interventions include bullectomy, lung transplant, and lung volume reduction surgery. There are individual risks and complications in each of these cases, and therefore, it is very important to manage the symptoms to avoid the need for surgical operations.

Thus, with caution and care, COPD can be managed effectively, and you may lead a normal life.
 

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COPD Exacerbations - 5 Ways To Prevent It!

Dr. Shobitha Rao Bhat 91% (61 ratings)
MD - Pulmonary Medicine, DAA (Allergy)
Pulmonologist, Mangalore
COPD Exacerbations - 5 Ways To Prevent It!

COPD stands for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and is generally used to describe a broad category of diseases. These include chronic bronchitis as well as emphysema. All of these diseases, however, can be prevented from getting worse by taking similar measures as the causes of these diseases are very similar.

Here are the ways to prevent COPD exacerbations:

  1. Cleanliness: It is crucial that you do not allow infections to set in. Infections are probably the worst type of exacerbation possible in COPD. All you need to do to prevent infection is to take a little care to ensure good hygiene. Wash your hands often and do not allow people with colds or flu to come close to you.
  2. Take vaccines: Make sure your flu and pneumonia shots have not been missed.
  3. Take medicines: It is crucial that medicines for your lungs are taken on schedule, if you have COPD. The possible medicines which you could take if your doctor prescribes it includes inhaled beta-agonists, steroids and anticholinergics.
  4. Spirometry: Doctors often recommend the use of the portable Spirometry device, Spirometer, in case of COPD. Spirometers check the condition of the lungs by measuring various parameters to see how well the lungs are working. Spirometers can easily measure FEV1, a parameter which measures how much air can you blow out in one second. This is especially great if you do not know whether your condition has exacerbated or not.
  5. Corticosteroid: It is another type of medicine used, which can prevent COPD exacerbations. In its place, even inhaled beta-agonists or anticholinergics can also be used.
  6. Stop smoking: Exposure to smoke us an important cause for COPD dosease. It also causes worsening of disease with exacerbation. Smoking cessation can be achieved by self determination, nicotine replacement therapy and certain medications.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Meri right side chest bone Un-shaped hai. Maine kuch din pehle x-ray karaya tha. Report me likha hai hyper inflated lung fields. Iska treatment kya hai? Kya treatment se main thik ho jayungi?

MBBS
General Physician,
Meri right side chest bone Un-shaped hai. Maine kuch din pehle x-ray karaya tha. Report me likha hai hyper inflated l...
Smoking and working in polluted air can cause hyperinflated lungs. If you are exposed to such conditions, you need to avoid them before you have a major lung disease. If you are not exposed to the above conditions kindly consult a pulmonologist for specific advise.
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I have been diagnosed with COPD for which I am attending yoga classes and practising breathing exercises apart from waking a lot. Lately I developed some gastric problem resulting in bloating and. Now when I take deep breath there is some discomfort in the upper part of the abdomen which seems to hamper free breathing. Is this due to COPD or stomach issue. Should I consult a physician or gastro specialist. but nothing happen please help me for that

Dr. Shriganesh Diliprao Deshmukh 90% (1331 ratings)
International Academy of Classical Homeopathy, BHMS
Homeopath,
I have been diagnosed with COPD for which I am attending yoga classes and practising breathing exercises apart from w...
For gastric complaints Take tak lyco 30 2tims a dayforwk carbo veg 30 once dy for 5 days nux vom 12c 4tims d for wk ars alb 12c as abov sulph mother tincture inform me progress
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I have got COPD as also GERD. I am told that in such cases the reflux of acids can trickle down to the lungs and further aggravate COPD. What should be the remedial measure for it?

Dr. Shobhit Bansal 87% (127 ratings)
MBBS, DNB - Pulmonary Medicine, Allergy & Sleep Disorders
Pulmonologist, Noida
I have got COPD as also GERD. I am told that in such cases the reflux of acids can trickle down to the lungs and furt...
Oral antacids, prokinetic drug, sleeping in 30 degree propped up position and taking small frequent means with lots of salad will help a lot. Also consult a chest physician.
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Symptoms And Treatment Of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease!

Dr. Shweta Saraf Gargiya 91% (240 ratings)
DNB (Respiratory disease), Fellowship Bronchoscopy, MBBS
Pulmonologist, Ahmedabad
Symptoms And Treatment Of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease!

The lungs are made of tubes through, which air passes in and out for exchange of gases, taking in alveoli. It is a disease of alveoli to which finer air conducting tubes are attached. Over a period of time, with age and exposure to various agents, these tubules get obstructed. The amount of air that can pass through these is reduced, leading to reduced oxygen supply to the lungs and thereby the various body organs.

Symptoms
The symptoms of COPD can be easily understood if we realize how COPD is caused. The progressive blockage of the air tubes causes less oxygen to reach the tissues, which is the most essential agent for all tissues and organs to function. Reduced supply produces a generalized limitation in physical activity. There are two main components to COPD - chronic bronchitis and emphysema. The symptoms indicative of COPD are as follows:

  1. Chronic cough: Also referred to as smoker's cough, the cough is relentless and does not subside with regular cough treatment. This is one of the first indications of COPD.
  2. Mucus buildup: There is constant buildup of mucus which gets expelled during coughing. The person never feels completely clear of mucus, and the regular cough expectorants do not help relieve the symptoms.
  3. Fatigue associated with limited activity: As noted earlier, the reduced capacity of the organs limits their activities. Therefore, regular activities like walking short distances or climbing stairs can induce fatigue.
  4. Shortness of breath: The above fatigue is associated with shortness of breath, even with small physical exertion. A person with COPD will see marked tiredness and reduced ability to perform routine chores and feel a tightness in the chest.
  5. Wheezing: Passage of air through the obstructed air tubes produces a whistling sound or wheezing. It is more pronounced when there is mucus accumulation in the airways.

Rarely, Frequent respiratory infections, more frequent flu attacks, swelling of the feet and ankles, cardiovascular disease, weight loss, and morning headaches.

Treatment
While there is no cure for COPD, once it sets, the following are some ways to slow its progression and reduce severity of the symptoms:

  1. Bronchodilators: Dilate the air tubes and ease flow of air
  2. Corticosteroids: Help reduce inflammation and thereby improve airflow through the tubes
  3. Flu vaccination: Helps curb the frequent flu attacks
  4. Antibiotics: To contain infections
  5. Pulmonary rehabilitation: A combination of breathing exercise and patient education to improve lung function.
  6. Oxygen therapy: In very severe cases, oxygen may be required.
  7. Lifestyle changes: Eating healthy foods, preventing exposure to dust and smoke, quitting smoking, breathing exercises, bi-annual medical check-ups to monitor lung functions are essential. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a Pulmonologist.
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