COPD

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a lung disease that makes it hard to breathe. It is caused by damage to the lungs over many years, usually from smoking.

Productive Coughs

A productive cough helps clear mucus (sputum) and foreign material from the airways. Mucus may be made in the lungs because of bronchitis, pneumonia, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Colds and allergies may produce mucus that drains down the back of the throat ( postnasal drainage ). Home treatment may…

Pulmonary Rehabilitation for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

Pulmonary rehabilitation for COPD combines different treatments to: Help you lead a more active life. Help reduce your symptoms. Improve your quality of life. Encourage your active participation in your treatment. Help keep you out of the doctor’s office and out of the hospital. Pulmonary rehabilitation—”rehab” for…

Tips for Reducing Indoor Pollutants in Your Home

Exposure to indoor air pollutants can cause respiratory problems, such as asthma attacks, or diseases, such as lung cancer. Pollutants include smoke, pet dander, radon, mold, cleaning products, and other chemicals. You can create a healthier home by following the tips below. 1 Reduce allergens Groom pets often to reduce…

Traveling With Oxygen

Traveling while you are on oxygen therapy usually is possible if you plan ahead. Start by seeing your doctor several weeks to months before your travel date. Ask him or her to: Figure out how much oxygen you will need. Give you the medical forms that are needed for travel. Recommend a doctor in the places where you will…