Health Tip: Helping COPD
(HealthDay News) -- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is an umbrella term that describes long-term lung diseases including emphysema and bronchitis.
The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute names these possible treatment options for COPD:
Use an inhaled medication, including a bronchodilator or steroid drug.
Attend pulmonary rehabilitation to help you learn how to manage symptoms.
Exercise to improve strength and breathing.
Avoid pollution when possible.
Use oxygen therapy.
Have lung surgery to treat severe COPD.