Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD) is a broad category of progressive lung diseases. Simply put, COPD makes it difficult to breathe. In the United States, 15.3 million people are affected by a type of COPD. Common forms of COPD are Emphysema, Chronic Bronchitis, and Refractory Asthma. Depending on the COPD someone has, it can affect the alveoli (tiny sacks in the lungs that exchange gases), the bronchial tubes (tubes that allow air in and out of your lungs), and cause shortness of breath. These illnesses are incurable and can be fatal; fortunately, there are prevention and treatment options available.
Causes, Diagnosis, & Symptoms
In the United States, smoking is the leading cause of COPD, with smokers and ex-smokers comprising 90% of citizens with these diseases. Other causes of COPD include exposure to pollution, inhaling dust, and poor ventilation within homes. There are various methods for diagnosing COPD, but the spirometry test is the primary non-invasive way. It allows professional to measure the amount of air going in and out of your lungs. We carry spirometers at a relatively low cost. Of course, you should always consult a doctor for an accurate diagnosis of your health. COPD is a broad term, so the symptoms vary from person to person.
These diseases are progressive and will affect patients differently at various stages. Many individuals with early COPD may not even be aware that they have the disease. According to the American Lung Association, you may want to consult with your doctor if you have any of the following symptoms:
- Coughing that does not go away
- Shortness of breath caused by daily tasks
- Respiratory infections that happen often
- Chronic tiredness or fatigue
- Large amounts of mucus production
- Wheezing when breathing
How Medical Supply Depot Can Help
COPD may not be curable, but it is preventable and treatable. Avoiding smoking and second-hand smoke is the best way to prevent COPD. You should avoid being exposed to toxic fumes for long periods of time. As for treatment, Medical Supply Depot carries a wide range of lost cost products for respiratory care. They have a large selection of supplemental oxygen, oximeters, breathing masks, and much more. Whatever your doctor recommends, Medical Supply Depot has the equipment to help you take a deep breath and enjoy your best quality of life.