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What is the treatment for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease?

My mother was diagnosed with mild COPD. She was a social smoker for many years then had second hand exposure. She has mild dyspnea and only one hospitalization at 89 yrs. old when she developed a viral chest infection? She doesn t tolerate Flovent. Is she ok to be off regular inhaler use?
Mon, 20 Oct 2014
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Thanks for your question on HCM.
Since your mother is a diagnosed case of COPD, I advice her to consult pulmonologist for better treatment of COPD.
Treatment of COPD is multifactorial. Try to follow these.
1. Complete avoidance of smoking is the priority.
2. Inhaled bronchodilators. If flovent is not suitable for her, there are many other drugs available. So better to consult pulmonologist and start inhalers.
3. Chest physiotherapy with deep breathing exercise.
4. Pulmonary vaccination with adult pneumococcal and H. Influenza vaccines to prevent future infections.
So we have to follow all the steps simultaneously for better control of COPD.
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What is the treatment for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease?

Thanks for your question on HCM. Since your mother is a diagnosed case of COPD, I advice her to consult pulmonologist for better treatment of COPD. Treatment of COPD is multifactorial. Try to follow these. 1. Complete avoidance of smoking is the priority. 2. Inhaled bronchodilators. If flovent is not suitable for her, there are many other drugs available. So better to consult pulmonologist and start inhalers. 3. Chest physiotherapy with deep breathing exercise. 4. Pulmonary vaccination with adult pneumococcal and H. Influenza vaccines to prevent future infections. So we have to follow all the steps simultaneously for better control of COPD.