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Title: What is COPD and why it’s a major reason Behind the Struggle to Breathe


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What is COPD and why its a major reason Behind
the Struggle to Breathe
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What is COPD ?
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease is a
particularly nasty lung condition that escalates
in stages amongst those with emphysema and/or
chronic bronchitis.
Tragically, emphysema slowly destroys the air
sacs in your lungs, which ultimately interferes
with your outward air flow capacity. Bronchitis
on the other hand, causes inflammation and
narrowing of the bronchial tubes. The narrowing
allows mucus to build up causing congestion.
When COPD is diagnosed in addition to a
pre-existent condition such as emphysema or bronch
itis, breathing can become almost impossible.
Symptoms may be mild at first, beginning with a
cough, some congestion and wheezing.  Regular
medical checkups are absolutely necessary as you
can easily dismiss these symptoms at first as
having a simple cold 
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Symptom Stages
  • Stage 1
  • mild shortness of breath, especially after
    exercise
  • mild but chronic cough
  • needing to clear your throat often, especially
    upon waking
  • Stage 3
  • Chronic fatigue
  • swelling in the lower extremities such as feet,
    ankles and legs
  • Decreased appetite
  • Stage 2
  • shortness of breath after mild exercise such as
    walking up a flight of stairs
  • wheezing
  • tightness in the chest
  • chronic cough, which may or may not produce mucus
  • Chronic chest congestion
  • Contracting frequent colds or other respiratory
    infections
  • reduced energy
  • Stage 4
  • bluish or gray fingernails and lips due to low
    oxygen levels in your blood
  • trouble catching your breath
  • confusion or faintness due to decreased oxygen
    levels to the brain
  • racing heart beat

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Cause
Smoking is the number one cause of Chronic
Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and is most
commonly diagnosed in patients over the age of
40. You can also develop COPD if youre exposed
to toxic fumes from chemicals or asbestos in the
workplace. Long-term exposure to air pollution
and inhaling dust has also been known to cause
COPD among those with allergies.
Treatment
Although COPD is considered to be a chronic
condition, it can be managed and treated in a
number of different ways to improve your quality
of life. The most common forms of treatment are
doctor prescribed bronchodilators to help relax
muscles in the airways, gluco-corticosteroids to
reduce the inflammation, and at later stages
oxygen therapy is common. Surgery is usually the
last form of treatment available and is often
needed to remove large air sacs from the lungs,
or in extreme cases a full lung transplant.
To lower the risk of contracting additional
respiratory infections, your doctor will likely
add vaccinations to your treatment plan. A yearly
flu shot, pneumococcal vaccine, and possibly a
tetanus booster helps protect the lungs from
damage against infections.
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Alternative Treatment
Although there is no cure currently for COPD,
alternative treatments do exist that can help to
increase lung air capacity and regulate
breathing. Environmental treatments such as
the Saltair home salt therapy device have been
shown to be very effective in easing COPD
symptoms.
Saltair works by releasing tiny microscopic
particles of salt into the air over a 7-8 hour
period. As the salt is inhaled, the inflammation
in the bronchial tubes eases allowing for clear
breathing. These inhalable particles of salt help
clear the mucus, reduce inflammation, and
naturally boost your respiratory immune system
over time. Home salt therapy can act not only to
treat the common symptoms and causes of COPD, but
can also act as a preventative agent in your
environment by naturally cleansing the air.
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