Breathless, not Helpless
This condition is called chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). It is a lung disease in which the smooth flow of air in the lungs is partly blocked. So your lungs feel full and your chest feels tight. That's why you feel out of breath, especially on exertion or activity.
80% of people having this condition are either current or past smokers, or have been exposed to environmental pollution. Frequent respiratory infections can also lead to this condition.
The treatments available today are very effective. You will be able to breathe more comfortably, cough less, sleep better, feel more fit and move around more easily. You and your doctor can together make you feel healthier.
Your doctor will give you inhaler medicines to open up your air tubes. This gives relief and helps you to breathe much more easily, especially when you exert yourself.
He may also ask you to do a simple breathing test, called 'spirometry' which tells you about the condition of your lungs.
You can do quite a lot to feel healthier; just see the back of this card for some tips.
- If you are a smoker, QUIT NOW.
Medicines give best results when you stop smoking.
- Take medicines regularly and exactly the way your doctor advises.
- Try to keep the air clean in your home. Stay away from smoke, any kind of fumes and strong smells.
- Keep your body strong by eating nutritious food.
- Breathing exercises will help you. Ask your doctor about them.
- Get your spirometry test done at least once a year. This will help your doctor to know more about the condition of your lungs.