Everything You Should Know About COPD

COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is a condition that damages the lungs and causes difficulty breathing. If the disease goes untreated, it can become painful and uncomfortable, and it can interfere with your day-to-day life. COPD occurs as a mix of chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Chronic bronchitis is the inflammation of the bronchial tubes. It also usually causes an …

Care and Cleaning of Your Oxygen Equipment

Supplemental oxygen therapy is one of the most basic treatments for people with COPD, especially as the disease progresses. If you or your loved one use oxygen, you are probably aware of the safety precautions, but do you know how to care for and clean the oxygen equipment? If not, you are not alone! Honestly, I think I’d been caring for my mother, …

3 COPD Symptoms That Could Predict Hospitalization

For patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), fear during episodes of breathlessness, dyspnea during typical daily activities, and depressive symptoms may be good predictors of hospitalization. A new study published in The International Journal of COPD has determined that these patient-reported symptoms are important forecasters to look for. Health care providers are in need of simple tools to stratify COPD patients’ …

Bed sores are a little-known result of COPD

Dear Dr. Roach • I am 89 years old and just learned that I have the first stages of bed sores on my buttocks. My dermatologist said that I should stay off of it as much as possible and apply hydrocortisone cream. I have COPD, and I need to sleep sitting up. I wonder if you have any other suggestions to …