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COPD, Asthma, and You: Care for Caregivers

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As a caregiver for someone with COPD, you know that your role is vital and challenging. You probably received guidance from a relevant health care provider, but that might not have included care for caregivers. While not offering any medical advice, we want to help by mentioning a few ways to handle your many duties more easily and to take care of yourself in the process.  Caring for Someone with COPD  As a non-medical caregiver, you contribute much to your loved one. Most often, you are responsible for daily care at home for a relative, spouse, or friend with COPD. Your duties might include   monitoring your patient’s general health  supervising and perhaps administering medications ...

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COPD, Asthma, and You: Care for Caregivers

COPD, Asthma, and You: The Silent Deficiency That Could Harm You

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You might have a silent deficiency that could harm you especially if you have COPD or asthma. Moreover, it is sometimes overlooked by doctors and other health care providers. According to recent research, insufficient levels of vitamin D can lead to severe exacerbations more frequently for people who have COPD or asthma. Luckily, medical professionals understand the causes of vitamin D deficiency and how to manage it as we discuss below. Causes of Vitamin D Deficiency Getting enough vitamin D from sunlight can be hard for many of us. Winter months mean less sunlight. Sometimes, the climate where we live...

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COPD, Asthma, and You: The Silent Deficiency That Could Harm You

COPD, Asthma, and You: How Diet Can Make a Difference

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If you have COPD, you might be surprised that your diet can improve your ability to breathe. What a healthy diet includes, however, varies according to the type of breathing disorder you have and your individual circumstances including your weight, other health issues, and medications that you take. Two Major Types of COPD COPD includes two major types of progressive lung disease: emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Smoking, currently or in the past, is the leading cause of COPD. Other causes include environmental factors such as prolonged contact with asbestos or harmful chemicals and genetic factors that increase sensitivities to various...

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COPD, Asthma, and You: Benefits of Exercise

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Exercise in various forms can help persons with COPD or asthma breathe freely and enjoy life’s best moments. It’s never too late to begin. Just remember to discuss your exercise plan with your primary health care provider first. There are four types of physical activity that may improve the lives of persons with COPD or asthma: Deep Breathing Stretching Cardiovascular or Aerobic Strengthening Deep Breathing Controlled deep breathing techniques can help COPD and asthma patients improve breathing efficiency and achieve a relaxed state during exercise or at other times. The most common technique involves inhaling through your nostrils, with your...

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COPD, Asthma, and You: Benefits of Exercise

COPD, Asthma, and You: Biological Allergens

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April showers bring May flowers . . . and biological allergens that trigger summer shortness of breath. Everyone encounters these allergens outside and indoors throughout most of the year. Knowing about biological allergens and staying vigilant may help you maintain respiratory health. Classes of Biological Allergens Biological allergens, as distinguished from manufactured chemicals, occur in nature. Their effects range from mild to severe, depending on each person’s sensitivity and other factors. Here are common groups of biological allergens to watch for: Pollens Flowers, trees, grasses, and other plants produce pollen to create seeds. Sometimes pollen appears as a fine granular...

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COPD, Asthma, and You: Biological Allergens