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Breathe Easy with New Video Guides for COPD Patients

(October 14, 2015)

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) affects 11.3 million people in the United States. COPD makes it difficult to breathe normally and many people with COPD struggle with shortness of breath. The good news is that there are medications and practices that can help people with COPD manage their disease.

Nebulizer 101

There are different types of medicines and delivery devices to treat COPD. Many people living with COPD may use a nebulizer to help get the medication deep into the lungs where it’s needed most. A nebulizer is a device that turns the liquid medicine into a mist which is then inhaled through a mouthpiece or a mask. Sometimes asthma medication is given through a nebulizer as well, so this information can benefit people living with asthma too. With COPD, or any chronic lung disease, taking your medicine correctly is a major part in successfully managing the disease.

The Lung Association released two new videos aimed at helping people learn how to use their nebulizer and clean it properly, so that your medications are most effective. These videos offer a step-by-step guide to cleaning and using medications correctly.

Breathing Techniques

Shortness of breath is a common symptom for people with COPD or other lung diseases. Learning and practicing breathing techniques like pursed lip breathing and belly breathing can help people living with lung disease catch their breath and relax. Together with proper use of medication, breathing techniques can be effective in managing COPD symptoms.

All videos are available in English and Spanish and available on our website, as well as on the American Lung Association’s YouTube channel. The Lung Association is focused on improving the quality of life for COPD patients, and these new videos are a wonderful addition to the accessible support and resources we offer to those living with COPD.

For more information visit, Lung.org/COPD.

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