Persistent coughing and shortness of breath may be the first indications of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, also known as COPD. At his practice in Monteagle and Manchester, Tennessee, Jay Michael Trussler, DO, offers comprehensive diagnostics and treatment options for COPD. The goal of his custom treatment plan is to alleviate your symptoms and improve your ability to breathe. To get control of your COPD, call the Middle Tennessee office nearest you or book an appointment online.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is a term that describes a number of lung diseases. You may be diagnosed with COPD if you have any of the following conditions:
Emphysema results when the air sacs of your lungs become damaged. With emphysema, your air sacs expand and make your lungs larger, thus making it difficult for air to pass in and out efficiently.
This type of bronchitis is the result of inflammation in the airways of your lungs. With chronic bronchitis, the hair-like structures that clean the airways become damaged. This leads to build-up of mucus, which affects your breathing.
Asthma is a condition where the airways inside your lungs become inflamed and swell, which interferes with your breathing. This type of asthma is difficult to control with typical asthma medications and can become life-threatening. Treatment may require long-term use of oral steroids and frequent medical evaluations.
Each condition can progressively interfere with your quality of life, eventually making it impossible to work or engage in your usual activities.
Shortness of breath may be the first indication you have issues with your lung health. Other common signs and symptoms of COPD include:
Symptoms can vary from person to person and resemble other health conditions, such as a cold or lung infection. It’s important to have a proper medical evaluation to determine the root cause of your symptoms, so the right treatment can start as soon as possible.
COPD develops over time, and symptoms can progressively worsen without treatment. The most common causes of COPD include a family history of lung disease and smoking. Even if you don’t smoke, exposure to second-hand smoke can increase your risk for developing COPD.
You may also be at an increased risk of developing COPD due to environmental factors, such as:
You may be exposed to these irritants in your living environment or at your place of employment.
Treatment for COPD depends on the severity of your condition. Dr. Trussler may recommend making lifestyle changes, such as quitting smoking, eating a healthy diet, and exercising daily. If your breathing ability is limited, he may also suggest oxygen therapy with a portable device.
In some cases, medications may be useful to reduce airway inflammation and relax surrounding muscles. Dr. Trussler can work with you on an emergency treatment plan, such as using inhalers, to prevent life-threatening situations.
If you have a family history of COPD or need a diagnosis for breathing issues, book an appointment online or over the phone with Jay Michael Trussler, DO today.