If you’re living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), we know how hard it can be to breathe, let alone do the things you love.
At Barstow Community Hospital, lung health experts can help you starting feeling, and living, like you again. We offer a full range of treatment options to relieve your specific symptoms, plus the education and support you need to manage your condition with confidence.
Breathe Easier with Personalized Treatments
Every person’s COPD – including chronic bronchitis, emphysema or both – is different. One of the board-certified pulmonologists will work with you to create a personal plan based on your unique needs.
Treatment options may include one or a combination of:
- Lifestyle Changes
- Simple adjustments, including eating right and exercising regularly, can often significantly improve your breathing and quality of life. If you smoke, quitting is the most important change you can make.
- A variety of medicines can help reduce swelling and open your airways. Some of the most effective options for mild COPD are called bronchodilators, which you breathe in through an inhaler. These can be both short-acting for when you experience symptoms, including cough or shortness of breath, or long-acting, which you take every day to prevent symptoms. A newer drug, called roflumilast (Daliresp), can help with frequent COPD flare-ups. It combines a bronchodilator with an inhaled steroid to combat inflammation.
- Respiratory infections, such as acute bronchitis, pneumonia and influenza, can aggravate COPD symptoms.
- Oxygen Therapy
- Severe COPD can prevent your lungs from getting enough air. This means oxygen levels in your blood can get too low, which can damage your organs and sap your energy. Oxygen therapy, supplied through a home unit or lightweight tank you can carry with you, can help restore these levels so you can stay active and healthy.
Don’t let COPD keep you from your life. See a specialist today and start taking back control.
Related Services and Conditions
We understand the end of the year is a very hectic time. But while we look forward to the new, let's also take stock of how we can improve today -- and save! At Barstow Community Hospital we encourage you to take some time for yourself. Doing so could not only benefit...
Patients experiencing breathing related issues can rely on Barstow Community Hospital‘s pulmonary function lab for therapeutic and diagnostic testing. Under Pulmonologists direction, the outpatient Respiratory Services Department offers a wide array of services...
If you have a chronic cough, difficulty breathing or another persistent lung problem, it’s important to get the answers you need to take charge of your health. At Barstow Community Hospital, skilled pulmonologists are here to help. We specialize in bronchoscopy, a...
Considering the average person takes about 23,000 breaths a day, any problems with the lungs can have a major impact on your health and life. The experts at Barstow Community Hospital are here to help with a full range of care, including pulmonary function tests...