Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, more commonly known was COPD, is a blanket term used to describe progressive lung diseases that block airflow and make it difficult to breathe. Emphysema and chronic bronchitis are the most common conditions that make up COPD. The damage to the lungs from COPD can't be reversed.

People with COPD are likely to experience episodes during which their symptoms become worse than the usual day-to-day variation and persist for several days at least.

 
 

Four stages of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

  • Mild: Your airflow is somewhat limited. In stage 1 many people may not realize there is a problem. A person has slight limitations to their breathing. Some may experience a cough and mucus. 
  • Moderate: Your airflow is worsened. You are often short of breath after doing something active or strenuous. Many people notice more coughing and mucus production. In stage 2 most people tend to seek medical care for limitations in breathing and increased symptoms.
  • Severe: Lung function continues to decline and breathing becomes more difficult. During stage 3, many people feel more fatigued and have difficulty exercising.
  • Very Severe: The quality of life is often affected profoundly in stage 4. Flare-ups and breathing issues may become life threatening. Many people have trouble receiving enough oxygen.

Symptoms of COPD

  • Chronic Cough (dry or with phlegm)
  • Fatigue
  • Chest pressure
  • Shortness of breath
  • Wheezing
  • Frequent respiratory infections
  • Blueness of the lips or fingernail beds
  • Unintended weight loss
  • Swelling in ankles, feet or legs
 

Treatments for COPD

Cellular Therapy works to promote healing from within the lungs and may have the potential to improve the quality of life.  Ozone is oxidative and works to add more oxygen in the blood. Contact Delaware Integrative Medicine today to discuss how our treatments for COPD can help you.

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