It’s very common for a person to experience symptoms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), yet not realize that they might need to be seen by a doctor. Says David Au, M.D., “People kind of accommodate to our lives, and
The symptoms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) such as dyspnea (shortness of breath), chronic productive cough, and wheezing can cause functional limitations, preventing a COPD-sufferer from doing the activities that they would like to do. Not only that, COPD
Zinc and Cold Symptoms In an article on the Mayo Clinic website, Brent A. Bauer, M.D. discusses whether zinc will help, hurt, or do nothing to affect the severity of your symptoms when you come down with a cold. The
As if the flu weren’t bad enough, did you know that it also can pose an extra danger for those who suffer from asthma? Yes, the flu will not only make you sick; it can trigger an asthma attack, and
Several years ago, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its recommendation for use of the pneumococcal vaccine to include smokers and patients with asthma. Despite that recommendation, many adults with asthma still haven’t received the vaccine, according
By Brian L. Tiep, MD Pursed lips breathing has been shown to relieve shortness of breath and increase oxygen saturation in people with COPD. It was originally discovered by the patients themselves, who experienced that exhaling through pursed lips made
Perhaps you’re careful to get a regular flu vaccination every fall, but have you kept up with other vaccinations that may be beneficial for you? As we age, and particularly if we have a chronic disease such as COPD, our
You’ve probably seen the ads or the comments on Facebook or blogs: “You should try stem cell therapy for your COPD. It worked for me.” There are two reasons to be careful about seeking stem cell treatment for your COPD.
It’s the season again: Time to gear up for the colder weather and the arrival of a new wave of influenza. As you probably know, influenza viruses usually circulate widely in the United States from late fall through early spring.
A recent email exchange between a research fellow at Haukeland University Hospital in Norway and PERF board member Mary Burns, RN, BS, about singing with respiratory disorders, brought up memories and a funny story that Mary has given us permission