November 21st is copd awareness day
- Avoid cigarette smoke. If you smoke, quitting is the most important step in treating your COPD. It is also important to avoid second-hand smoke and other air pollutants.
- Practice proper hygiene – especially during cold and flu season. Cold and flu are common COPD triggers. It is important to avoid those with respiratory infections, get your flu shot and wash your hands often and correctly.
- Adopt a healthy lifestyle. Talk to your doctor about how you can adjust your diet and exercise routine to improve your overall health.
- Take your medication properly. Make sure you are adhering to your medicine regime and talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions or concerns. Using a chamber with your inhaler may help you get the most out of your medication
Spirometry is the most reliable way to diagnose COPD. It is a simple breathing test that measures the speed and the amount of air you are able to blow out of your lungs. If you are short of breath doing simple tasks, ask your health-care provider about sending you for a spirometry test. Your health-care provider may also refer you for other pulmonary function tests.
A chest x-ray may be useful to show some signs of COPD and to rule out other disorders, but should not be used to confirm the diagnosis of COPD.
This test measures the amount of oxygen in your blood using a clip that goes on your finger, toe or earlobe
If you have any questions or concerns about how to best manage your COPD, check out the links below or talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
The Lung Association
Living Well with COPD
Global Initiative for COPD