World Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (COPD) Day

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World COPD Day is an annual event organized by the Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) to improve awareness and care of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) around the world. World COPD Day 2013 will take place on November 20 around the theme “It’s Not Too Late.” 

Could It Be COPD? Test yourself!

Do you know what COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) is? This chronic lung disease is a major cause of illness, yet many people have it and don’t know it.

If you answer these questions, it will help you find out if you could have COPD:

1. Do you cough several times most days?
Yes No

2. Do you bring up phlegm or mucus most days?
Yes No

3. Do you get out of breath more easily than others your age?
Yes No

4. Are you older than 40 years?
Yes No

5. Are you a current smoker or an ex-smoker?
Yes No

If you answered yes to three or more of these questions, ask your doctor if you might have COPD.

Finding COPD early gives the best chance to prevent further lung damage. However, treatments are available to help people at all stages of disease feel better and live a more active life.


How You Can Help Yourself If You Have COPD

How You Can Help Yourself If You Have COPD

How You Can Help Yourself If You Have COPD:
If you are diagnosed with COPD, there are many things you can do to help you feel better and help keep the disease from getting worse:

1. Stop smoking. Ask for help to quit.
• Talk to a doctor or nurse about pills, special gum, or patches for your skin to help you stop smoking.
• Tell friends and family you are trying to quit and ask them to keep cigarettes out of the house.
2. Take each medicine the way the doctor says to take it. Go to the doctor at least two times a year for checkups.
• Talk about your medicines at each visit and make sure you understand how to take each one.
• Ask if you can get a flu shot.
3. Know what to do if your breathing gets bad.
• Plan ahead with phone numbers, directions to the doctor, and other information in one place so you can act fast if necessary.
4. Keep the air clean at home.
• Stay away from things like smoke and fumes that make it hard to breathe.
• Open doors and windows when you are cooking and when the air inside is smoky or has strong smells.
5. Keep your body strong. Walk, exercise regularly, and eat healthy foods.
6. If your COPD is severe, get the most out of your breath. Make life as easy as possible at home.
• In the kitchen, bathroom, and sleeping area, put things you need within easy reach.
• Find simple ways to cook, clean, and do other chores.
7. Ask your friends and family for help.
8. Wear a gold ribbon for COPD awareness and help others learn about COPD.

Quitting Smoking Is the First Step in COPD Prevention and Treatment:

Quitting Smoking Is the First Step in COPD Prevention and Treatment:

Quitting Smoking Is the First Step in COPD Prevention and Treatment:

If you have COPD and you continue smoking, your lungs will get worse and the disease will be fatal.

If you are a smoker, the only way to stop COPD from getting worse is to quit smoking.

If you are a smoker and you do not have COPD, the best way to prevent the disease from developing is to quit smoking.

Apart from COPD, smoking causes:

o Cancer (of the lung, throat, and tongue)

o Impotence and infertility

o Heart diseases

o Birth defects

o Aging of the skin

o Damage to the teeth.

Ask your doctor what can be done to help you quit smoking.

Counseling, support groups, or certain medications may help you quit.

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