More about COPD

As I stated yesterday, COPD is caused by a couple of things. One is AAT deficiency, but the other, the major reason behind the disease is smoking. Like I have already stated, 80-90% of all people get COPD because of smoking. The lining of the airways in the lungs get inflamed due to habitual smoking. This inflammation can make the airways lose their elastic quality.
Air pollution, secondhand smoke and occupational dust or chemicals have also been known to do the same thing. A small percentage also inherits the disease due to the AAT deficiency. There could also be some other genetic factors that could cause certain smokers to be predisposed to COPD.
If a person that coughs considerably produces mucus, shortness of breath and fatigue, these may be signs that they may have COPD. The symptoms become more problematic as the disease progresses. This is because COPD is known as what is called a progressive disease; meaning it gets worse the longer the person has it.
That is why it is so important for you, if you notice the signs and symptoms, to get your client to their doctor right away. The quicker they receive their diagnosis, the better off they will be. COPD can be managed if adjustments to lifestyle are made and a drug regimen is followed.
If you go with your client to their doctor, you may expect a spirometry test to be conducted in order to assess the level of airflow in your client. By recording the airflow level, the current COPD symptoms and any other health conditions your client has will help the physician to properly manage their COPD symptoms by making them a plan to follow.
Airflow output can be measured from mild to very severe. That is why the spirometry test is conducted – to get a better measure.
All of this will help you help your client and prove to them that you believe that With Age Comes Respect.


About melissalstoneburner

Melissa is the proud mother of two boys. She also like to take care of all of her elderly clients as though they were her actual flesh and blood, too. Melissa began her elderly care business, Time to Care, in August, 2012. Since then, she has successfully seen several clients through life and onto the next life. She writes about what she knows, what she doesn't know, and reveals all the research in between. She believes that elderly care is the best thing she has ever done in life; second only to being a mother!
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