Asthma and COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) Management

Asthma and COPDIf you have trouble breathing or experience any of the symptoms of restrictive lung disease, asthma and COPD, you may have difficulty exercising or performing other activities. This can affect your quality of life, so talk to your primary care physician about your concerns. One of our medical professionals will conduct a thorough examination and order the tests needed to find the cause of your symptoms.

Asthma

When you have asthma, the airways become narrowed and inflamed. You might experience wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, and coughing. If you have exercise-induced asthma, your symptoms will typically worsen when you exert yourself. Your doctor can prescribe medications and other treatments to help you prevent asthma attacks and control your symptoms if an attack occurs.

Bronchitis

Acute bronchitis is an infection of the bronchial tubes, and can cause cough, wheezing and chest discomfort. Chronic bronchitis occurs when the lining of your bronchial tubes is consistently inflamed. The inflammation causes you to cough frequently. Your doctor can help you learn how to control your symptoms by changing certain habits and taking the right medications.

Restrictive Lung Disease

Restrictive lung disease is a condition that makes it difficult for your lungs to expand completely when you inhale. The most common sign of this lung disease is shortness of breath during exertion. Obesity, interstitial lung disease, sarcoidosis, and muscular dystrophy are just some of the conditions that can cause restrictive lung disease. If you experience the symptoms of this disease, tell your doctor. A pulmonary function test can help determine the cause of your symptoms so you can get the treatment you need. Your doctor may also order a chest X-ray or CT scan of the chest.

COPD and Emphysema

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, also called COPD, blocks airflow into the lungs and makes it difficult to breathe. Emphysema is one form of COPD, and occurs when the air sacs in your lungs are damaged. Chronic bronchitis, another form of COPD, occurs when the lining of your bronchial tubes is consistently inflamed, and causes chronic cough with mucous. If you have COPD, you may experience wheezing, coughing, chest tightness, shortness of breath, and other symptoms. Without treatment, these symptoms can limit your activity and make it difficult to take care of yourself. Your doctor can help you find the right treatment to control your symptoms and increase your quality of life. One way to reduce your risk of developing this disease is to quit smoking. Smoking damages the air sacs in your lungs and increases your risk for other diseases.

Coordination of Care

Whether you have asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, restrictive lung disease or emphysema, it is important to see your primary care physician regularly. We can refer you to pulmonary specialists and coordinate your care among several healthcare providers, making it easier for you to manage your health and control your symptoms.