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Asthma Vs. COPD: What’s the Difference?

Asthma and COPD are both lung conditions that can drastically impact your health. While these two diseases often have similar symptoms, they have different causes and treatment options. Understanding the difference between asthma and COPD will help you communicate with your doctor while he or she treats your lung condition. Keep reading to learn more.

Asthma and COPD Symptoms

There are a few key differences between asthma and COPD symptoms. Patients with asthma usually experience asthma attacks with breathing symptoms. After these attacks, however, their breathing usually returns to normal. COPD patients will usually have continuous breathing symptoms. They might also deal with chronic coughing and mucus production.

Understanding the Risk Factors

Age is another key difference between asthma and COPD patients. Asthma affects people of all ages, but COPD is more common in older adults. There are other risk factors for COPD as well, such as a history of smoking, frequent exposure to chemicals or dust, and a family history of the disease.

Enrolling in a COPD Research Study

While asthma patients typically have a better prognosis than COPD patients, doctors and researchers are constantly improving COPD treatments. You can help these researchers and receive groundbreaking new medical care by participating in a COPD research study. Best of all? Labs, treatments, doctor’s appointments, and other care will be offered at no cost to you. Click here for more information on this study.

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Understanding Childhood Asthma

People of all ages experience asthma, but children with this condition will face a specific set of challenges. If your child suffers from asthma, it’s important to understand the symptoms of an asthma attack and to have a plan in place for these times. Keep reading to learn more about this condition so you can be prepared for your child.

What is Asthma?

Asthma is a chronic respiratory condition that affects a person’s airways. In an asthma patient, airways can often become inflamed or swollen, resulting in breathing difficulties. It’s estimated that more than 3 million Americans deal with asthma.

Asthma Symptoms

Asthma symptoms vary from patient to patient and can also range in severity. The most common symptoms include coughing, wheezing, chest pain or tightness, breathing difficulties, and chest pressure. Asthma patients might also have delayed recovery times when they have a cold or other respiratory infection. Asthma can also have environmental and/or lifestyle triggers, so it is important to monitor the timing of asthma attacks to determine your child’s triggers.

How Asthma is Different in Childhood

Both adults and children can have asthma, but symptoms will vary depending on a person’s age. While adults tend to have mild, persistent symptoms, children often have acute asthma attacks that can be very severe. Children with asthma are more likely to have asthma-related emergencies than adult sufferers. A range of treatment options is available for both children and adults, with new clinical trials frequently testing the effectiveness of groundbreaking treatments.

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New Lung Treatment May Help COPD Patients

COPD, or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, is an inflammatory disease that progressively deteriorates your lungs and restricts air flow, causing you to have trouble breathing. Most people with COPD are at an increased risk of developing lung cancer or heart disease without treatment.

Symptoms are similar to those of bronchitis and emphysema. Bronchitis is an irritation of the lining of the bronchial tubes, which carries air to and from the lung air sacs. It causes coughing and mucus production. Emphysema is when small air passages are destroyed and is caused by breathing in damaging gases, such as cigarette smoke. Tightness in the chest, wheezing and a blue tint to lips or fingernails are common symptoms. The good news? COPD is treatable and there’s a new procedure that is making a significant difference.

In with The New

Traditionally, COPD has been treated in a variety of ways that are all good options.

  1. Medication-designed to help with less flare-ups
  2. Rehabilitation-mostly consists of exercise training, education and nutrition advise
  3. Oxygen-A supplemental oxygen supply that is usually delivered through nose prongs/face mask.
  4. Surgery or Transplants-Reconstruction or replacement of your lungs.

Recently, a new procedure has been tested. It’s called Target Lung Denervation (TLD). It can be used with other therapies and is designed to ease COPD symptoms. According to WebMD, it has been shown to reduce symptoms by more than half compared to those who did not receive the treatment.

What is TLD?

Target Lung Denervation is a procedure that essentially deactivates nerves outside of the airways, which causes constricted airways to relax and widen. A catheter is passed through a tube and gives those outside nerves an electric charge. When this procedure is paired with another treatment, such as medication, the results are even better.

Breathe Easier

The procedure is new and is still being tested at DM Clinical Research. We’d like to help further advance research while helping you with your COPD issues. Visit us at 13406 Medical Complex Dr, Suite 53 in Tomball, Texas. Or you can call us at 281-517-0550 to talk to someone today about what we can do for you.

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