Winter is the cold and flu season, and many people will get infected and begin to cough.
Coughing is a normal body response, most of which is to clear the waste in the airway. However, if you have additional symptoms, such as chest tightness or shortness of breath, that’s when you should be aware. It may be COPD.
What Is COPD?
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a common, preventable, and treatable chronic lung disease characterized by persistent airflow limitation and other respiratory symptoms.
It has become a major chronic disease on par with hypertension and diabetes. According to WHO, COPD was the third leading cause of death globally in 2019.
Symptoms of COPD
Typical symptoms of COPD are like those of a cold, including coughing and excessive sputum production. However, you may not notice any obvious signs in the early stage
As the disease progresses, patients with COPD may experience:
- Shortness of breath
- Chest tightness
- Chronic coughing with sputum
- Frequent respiratory infections
- Lack of energy
- Unintended weight loss
- Swelling in ankles, feet, or legs
Causes of COPD
Airflow limitations and airway obstructions are the most common pathophysiological problems of COPD. At present, the main cause of COPD is long-term smoking. In addition, long-term inhalation of occupational dust and chemical gases will also increase the risk of disease.
Moreover, genetics, age, gender, socioeconomic status, asthma, chronic bronchitis, and infections are other factors that can affect the onset or exacerbation of COPD.
Treatments for COPD
Treatments for COPD generally include lifestyle changes and medications.
For people with mild COPD symptoms, the most effective way is to quit smoking and avoid occupational dust and gas exposure. Reducing irritants in the airway can slow the progression of the disease and reduce the risk of complications and exacerbations.
Bronchodilators can relax the muscles around your airways and are often used for COPD treatment. They can help relieve coughing and shortness of breath and make breathing easier.
Corticosteroid medications can reduce airway inflammation and help prevent exacerbations. These medications are useful for people with relatively severe COPD. However, they can cause side effects such as bruising, oral infections, and hoarseness.
Since respiratory infections, such as bronchitis, pneumonia, and flu, can aggravate COPD symptoms, patients with COPD may need antibiotics to deal with the infections. Certain antibiotics may slow down or stop the worsening of COPD, but they usually have side effects.
MicroGen for COPD
HeaWea MicroGen is an advanced frequency healing device that can transfer positive energy into your body to improve thousands of conditions. Its free software contains more than 60,000 programs, and you can use MicroGen to help with your COPD.
We recommend the following programs.
The TENS pads should be placed on your right shoulder and below your right rib cage.
COPD may not seem a big deal at the beginning, but it will cause many discomforts and reduce your quality of life as it worsens. It is recommended to get an early diagnosis and take action with MicroGen before it is too late.