Maybe you'll try to hold on when you get sick. Or you rarely call the doctor because you hate to bother. You'll have to get out of those mindsets. A COPD outbreak is not something you should wait to run its course.
The key to knowing when to call 911 is to pay attention to when your symptoms get worse. You may find it helpful to keep a regular record of your symptoms in a diary and write down how they affect you. That way, if a symptom gets worse, it will be less likely to be questioned. Take steps to prevent exacerbations; everyone with COPD should prepare an emergency action plan tailored to their needs.
This should include information about when to call 911, along with step-by-step instructions to follow as soon as an exacerbation begins. If you're dealing with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), you know what it means to live with a certain level of respiratory distress most of the time. However, prevention is essential for the treatment of COPD and can reduce the frequency of exacerbations and the severity of exacerbations. You can reduce the risk of life-threatening COPD exacerbations through prevention, early detection, and prompt treatment when symptoms arise.
This is more likely when you've had at least three flare-ups in the past year or have severe COPD (even without a crisis). Fatigue, shortness of breath, difficulty waking up in the morning, and several other symptoms are common in COPD, even in people who do not have an exacerbation. Indoor air quality is just as important as outdoor air quality, especially if COPD keeps you indoors. CoPD360Social publications are monitored by CoPD360Social Vice President of Patient Experience and Community Manager Bill Clark, as well as the respiratory therapists on staff.
Research shows that people with COPD who live alone are likely to be admitted to the hospital for an exacerbation. Exacerbation of COPD; exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; exacerbation of emphysema; exacerbation of chronic bronchitis. Experts say that people with COPD have more emergency room visits or overnight hospitalizations than those with other chronic health problems. While not everyone needs medical care for an exacerbation of COPD, it is best not to take risks.
You should contact your doctor, go to the nearest emergency room, or call 911 if your symptoms are more severe or prolonged than the usual symptoms of daily COPD. Unfortunately, breathing can be a daily struggle for more than 16 million Americans living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). An exacerbation of COPD, or more simply an outbreak, occurs when COPD symptoms worsen and the lungs become inflamed and irritated. Depending on the severity of your COPD outbreak, you may need to stay in the hospital overnight, on the weekend, or up to a week in some cases.
For this reason, another 12 million adults could have COPD but have not yet received a diagnosis.