Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma are health concerns that can affect the function of your lungs and, consequently, cause difficulties with breathing or holding your breath. Both conditions are chronic and thus require continuous treatment and management to relieve symptoms and prevent complications from arising. Indeed, getting proper COPD and Asthma Management is crucial to help improve your overall health.
At Narooma Medical Centre, it is our priority and goal to provide every patient with an action plan to manage asthma and COPD. We understand the difficulty of going about your day with any of these chronic conditions, so we want to help you find proper and effective ways to manage them.
COPD is caused by damage inflicted on the lungs over a long period, and symptoms typically start to show among people over 40. Symptoms include tightness of the chest and wheezing; they tend to start mild and gradually worsen. As it is a chronic condition, COPD is best treated by reducing the likelihood of risk factors, such as smoking or other harmful lifestyle habits, and using prescribed medications to aid in breathing.
On the other hand, asthma is a chronic condition that makes your airways sensitive to allergens and irritants, both of which may trigger asthma attacks. An asthma attack has similar symptoms to COPD but requires a more specific treatment plan. Asthma treatment focuses on determining a patient’s allergens and knowing how to manage an attack, so the medications may vary for each patient.
COPD and Asthma Management consists of constant monitoring, lung function management, and sometimes dual bronchodilation. Routine checkups will be essential to monitor your symptoms and gauge whether your COPD or asthma is getting worse. Spirometry, which is a test assessing the quality of your lungs and the air you breathe, must be performed annually to gauge the severity of your condition.
Likewise, we will prescribe appropriate medication and provide concrete action points to reduce the onset of symptoms and prevent exacerbation. Quitting smoking is essential for patients with COPD, so our doctors can guide and help you find a manageable way to cease the habit. Overall, making healthy changes in your lifestyle will be crucial to improve your well-being.
Here at Narooma Medical Centre, we believe that COPD and Asthma Management is a joint effort between the doctor and patient. Every patient has varying cases and situations, so the management process may pan out differently for everyone. However, regardless of your condition, we will work with you to plan a proper routine and lifestyle to encourage healthy habits and reduce risk complications.
Why Choose Narooma Medical Centre?
We understand that managing a chronic disease is not easy, and adopting the necessary changes will require time. Thus, our team of physicians and caregivers will be with you every step of the way to ensure that you are well-informed about your condition and receive proper guidance.
Do not hesitate to reach out to us if you experience any symptoms that may point to COPD or asthma. A proper diagnosis is needed to ensure that you use the proper treatment plan. With regular check-ups and monitoring, suitable medications, and an effective lifestyle regimen, we believe that you can better manage such conditions. Call Narooma Medical Centre on 0244765588 / 0424204562