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  • Nov 2018

    Humidity levels and COPD

    Some people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) find that extremes in humidity can trigger or worsen symptoms. Managing exposure to humidity can help reduce or prevent COPD flare-ups. Learn more here.

  • Nov 2018

    Natural home remedies for COPD

    People with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) can improve their symptoms using various home remedies. These may include breathing exercises, essential oils, and supplements. Learn about home remedies for COPD here.

  • Nov 2018

    Hyperventilation: Causes and what to do

    Hyperventilation refers to fast breathing. The most common cause is fear or anxiety, but underlying medical conditions may also contribute to hyperventilation. Learn more here.

  • Oct 2018

    Anticholinergic drugs: What to know

    Anticholinergic drugs can help treat a variety of conditions, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, bladder conditions, gastrointestinal disorders, and symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. In this article, learn about the different types of anticholinergic drugs and their possible side effects.

  • Oct 2018

    Treatment options for COPD exacerbations

    During a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) exacerbation, a person experiences a sudden worsening of their symptoms. Treatment options for a COPD exacerbation include medications, oxygen therapy, and ventilation. Learn more here.

  • Oct 2018

    What to know about steroids for COPD

    Doctors usually prescribe bronchodilators for COPD but may recommend steroids for severe symptoms. In this article, learn about the types of steroid medications available, as well as how they work, whether they are effective, and if there are any risks or side effects.

  • Oct 2018

    What is orthopnea?

    Orthopnea is a symptom rather than a condition. It is a shortness of breath that only occurs when a person is lying down and usually subsides when they sit or stand up. Causes include conditions that affect the heart or lungs, such as heart failure or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Learn more here.

  • Oct 2018

    Does COPD show up on an X-ray?

    Diagnosing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease can involve an X-ray, which may show enlarged lungs and diaphragm problems. Doctors may order X-rays and other tests when a person has symptoms, such as shortness of breath or chest tightness. Learn more about how doctors interpret X-rays to diagnose the condition here.

  • Oct 2018

    Can you drink alcohol if you have COPD?

    The link between alcohol and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is unclear. While smoking is the biggest cause and risk factor for COPD, alcohol may also play a role. Whether a person with COPD can drink alcohol safely may depend on factors such as the severity of symptoms. Learn more here.

  • Oct 2018

    Can COPD run in families?

    Genetic factors can make it more likely that a person will develop chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). However, other causes, such as smoking and environmental toxins, are more significant. Preventive measures can help reduce the impact of the genetic risk factors for this disease. Learn more here.

  • Oct 2018

    What is the average age for COPD?

    Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease normally affects people over 40, but it can also occur in younger people. People who smoke heavily or work in environments with high exposure to pollutants may develop it earlier. Life expectancy depends on how far the disease has progressed at diagnosis and treatment plans.

  • Oct 2018

    What tests are used to diagnose COPD?

    As well as carrying out a physical examination and gathering a person’s medical history, doctors typically order one or more tests to diagnose chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). These tests may include pulmonary function tests, blood tests, and imaging tests. Learn more here.

  • Oct 2018

    Can COPD cause anxiety?

    People with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) may experience breathlessness. This physical symptom can trigger anxiety and panic in some people. Breathing exercises, medication, and other techniques can help people control these psychological symptoms. Learn more about COPD and anxiety here.

  • Oct 2018

    Does high altitude affect COPD?

    Flying or traveling to high elevations can present difficulties for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Changes in altitude can cause high blood pressure, a lack of oxygen, and other respiratory problems. Planning, adopting coping strategies, and limiting activity can help. Learn more here.

  • Oct 2018

    Is there a link between marijuana and COPD?

    Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) describes a group of long-term lung conditions. Here, we explore whether marijuana can cause, worsen, or even help to treat COPD, and we examine the research behind these claims.

  • Oct 2018

    How to manage COPD triggers

    People with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) commonly experience flare-ups, periods when symptoms worsen. Identifying and avoiding triggers for COPD can help prevent or reduce flare-ups and the need for hospitalization. Learn more here.

  • Oct 2018

    How can psoriasis affect the lungs?

    Psoriasis causes widespread inflammation that can affect the skin and several organ systems. A person with psoriasis may experience lung-related complications, including lung fibrosis and interstitial lung disease. Learn more here.

  • Sep 2018

    What are the early signs of COPD?

    Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) refers to a group of lung diseases that cause breathing difficulties. COPD tends to get worse over time, so early detection and treatment are essential. Early signs and symptoms include coughing, excess mucus production, shortness of breath, and tiredness. Learn more here.

  • Sep 2018

    How to cope with COPD fatigue

    Chronic obstructive lung disease (COPD) makes breathing difficult, which can impact on a person's energy levels and lead to fatigue. People with COPD can improve how much energy they have and reduce fatigue with lifestyle changes, including breathing exercises, eating well, and exercising regularly. Learn more here.

  • Sep 2018

    What are the complications of COPD?

    COPD is a chronic condition that can worsen over time. Possible complications of COPD include pneumonia, acute respiratory distress syndrome, depression, heart failure, and frailty. Here, we examine these complications and look at whether or not COPD can cause death. We also offer tips for preventing complications.

  • Jul 2018

    Even minor distress puts you at risk of chronic disease

    New research finds that you needn't experience high levels of distress for your risk of chronic diseases to increase; low distress levels are enough.

  • May 2018

    Can vaping cause lung problems?

    Many people turn to vaping as an alternative to smoking, but what are the effects of vapor on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD? Authorities are unsure about this new technology's effects on health. Learn here more about what the science says about the safety of vaping with COPD, and in general.

  • May 2018

    Plant pigments may preserve lung function into old age

    In addition to their natural antioxidant properties, flavonoids — the compounds that give plants their color — may keep our lungs healthy into old age.

  • May 2018

    What to know about centrilobular emphysema

    Centrilobular emphysema is a form of emphysema where the damage begins in the central lobes of the lungs and spreads outward. This is distinct from panlobular emphysema. In this article, we discuss centrilobular emphysema including symptoms, causes, complications, and possible treatments.

  • Apr 2018

    Do BiPAP machines work for COPD?

    A BiPAP machine is a small breathing device that can help a person with COPD to breathe more easily. It can be used at night or when symptoms flare. BiPAP therapy stabilizes air pressure, helping the lungs to inflate and deflate. BiPAP is not necessary for everyone but can improve life quality for some with COPD.