The condition that you describe could easily be explained by the combination of COPD and superimposed infection (commonly called pneumonia
). Presence of metastatic disease in the lungs is also possible which can compound the problem. Either way, the treatment remains the same. Preferably the treatment should be in a hospital, but if you need to treat him at home, then you should start him on antibiotics (Tab Coamoxiclav 625mg twice daily + Tab Linezolid
600mg twice daily), nebulization with salbutamol
thrice daily (nebulizer
is a small easily available instrument at any pharmacist and is easy to use). He should eat anything he wants (home cooked only). Oxygen requirement depends if he is breathless at rest, or develops bluish tongue or extremities in which case you should give him oxygen.