Chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases (COPD) are been most common kind of respiratory disease that is causing death. The damage caused by COPDâs are irreversible and irremediable. Lung damage with inflammation of the air way is termed as chronic bronchitis, while inflammation of air sacs is emphysema.
Shortness of breath, chronic cough and sputum production are the common symptoms associated with COPDâs. The advancement in this disease causes respiratory tract failure. It is mostly caused due to environmental factors play a key role in the development of the disease. The genetic cause of the disease the deficiency of Alpha 1-antitrypsin which protects lungs from proteolytic enzyme.
The common practice to slow down the progression of COPD is Smoking cessation. Bronchodilators help to relax the smooth muscle which improves in respiration. Anticholinergics and Corticosteroids are drugs used in treating COPDâs. Now researchers have developed an instrument called âLung Fluteâ approved by FDA. When a patient blows into the instrument, the mucus in the airways is mobilized. Studies showed a constant improvement in the patient with lung congestion.
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Last date updated on June, 2014