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COPD, Asthma, and YOU: Tabletop and Portable Nebulizers

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Are you deciding or helping someone decide which nebulizer to buy? There are so many choices that the process can be confusing. Here are a few considerations to help you make the most appropriate decision. Note: Before making a decision to purchase, please consult your doctor or healthcare provider for guidance. To simplify matters, we will discuss tabletop and portable nebulizers. Compared to inhalers that require deep breaths that a person should hold for a few seconds, nebulizers deliver measured amounts of medication more effectively during a few minutes. Tabletop (or stationary) nebulizers are larger and not meant to be...

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COPD, Asthma, and YOU: Tabletop and Portable Nebulizers

COPD, Asthma, and YOU: Benefits of Outdoor Activity

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As Autumn arrives, many of us are anxious to get outdoors after staying in air-conditioning during a hot summer. If you have COPD or care for someone who does, this is a good time to take your exercise routine outside. The benefits of doing so are immediate and long-lasting. Besides, during the COVID-19 pandemic, while practicing social distancing the outdoors is one of the safer places to engage in exercise activity.  What Exercise Can Do for You  Difficulty in breathing often causes people to avoid exercise, and that reduces their fitness level, making breathing even harder. To improve breathing, it is important to reverse this...

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COPD, Asthma, and YOU: Quick and Healthy Meals

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In the face of walls of processed foods at the supermarket, it is difficult to maintain a healthy diet. And yet, if you have COPD or care for someone who does, you know how much what you eat affects your health and well-being. But you might not have the energy or time to prepare your meals from scratch. Here are some suggestions to help you avoid the trap of resorting to processed foods.   Before we go any further, we need to remind you to consult with your doctor about your diet, especially about any special requirements in relation to your condition or medications. For specific meal preparation guidelines, consider consulting a registered dietician...

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COPD, Asthma, and YOU: Quick and Healthy Meals

COPD, Asthma, and YOU: Bacteria Linked to COPD Exacerbations

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Anyone who lives with COPD (emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and refractory asthma) wants to avoid exacerbations (severe attacks of coughing, increased mucus, and difficulty breathing) that lead to emergency room visits or hospitalization. These events are not only uncomfortable, but they also interrupt daily life up to 8 weeks or more. Even then, patients might not recover their former level of respiratory functioning.  During the past 20 years, clinical research has shown that three bacteria—non‐typeable Haemophilus influenzae (NTHi), Moraxella catarrhalis (Mcat), and Streptococcus pneumoniae—are strongly linked to COPD exacerbations. The first two, together, cause at 50-80% of acute attacks. Persons with COPD and those who care for them could benefit from understanding this process which lies at...

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COPD, Asthma, and YOU: Bacteria Linked to COPD Exacerbations

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