What is asthma?
Asthma is a chronic or long-term disease involving inflammation and constriction of the airway, making it difficult to breath properly. When some is asthmatic, they may experience many symptoms that affect their respiratory tract including: coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, and tightening of the chest. Symptoms vary from patient to patient and can occur at any time, in any variety. While asthma cannot be cured, it can be managed with the help of a physician.
What treatments are available for asthma?
Treatments for asthma differ based on the patient and severity of the condition. First, your primary care physician must diagnose the severity of your asthma and identify any causes. From there, your doctor will create a personalized treatment plan to suit your needs. Some forms of treatment include: lifestyle changes, medications, oxygen therapy, and referrals to a specialist for further evaluation. It is important to note that asthma symptoms and severity can worsen or lessen over time. Thus, it is important to take note of any changes in your asthma and consult your doctor.
What is COPD?
COPD, also known as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is a long-term lung disease that causes inflammation of the lungs and hinders proper air flow. Showing many of the same symptoms as asthma, COPD and asthma are often confused. However, they are very different diseases.
What causes COPD?
The most common cause for COPD is smoking, which is completely avoidable. One of the other common causes is prolonged exposure to lung irritants, which could be related to where you live or work.
What are some of the symptoms of COPD?
Some of the most common symptoms of COPD include:
- Shortness of breath
- Chest tightness
- A persistent, mucus-filled cough
What treatments are available for COPD?
Treatment depends on the stage of COPD and severity of the problem. Different treatments that may be administered include: oxygen therapy, medication, lifestyle changes, pulmonary rehabilitation, vaccinations, and, in some cases, surgery. Left untreated, COPD may worsen. Therefore, it is important to consult your physician if you experience any symptoms.
Request an appointment in Vancouver
At Blue Water Medical, we carefully diagnose and treat our patients experiencing respiratory problems to ensure that they receive the best course of treatment possible. If you are concerned you may be living with asthma or COPD, please contact our Vancouver office using our online request form or by calling (604) 558-3185.