Struggling to breathe can make life very difficult. Performing normal jobs can become a monumental task, leaving you feeling dizzy and unable to get enough air. While your lungs do an excellent job of oxygenating your blood, there is a huge range of pulmonary diseases that can impact them.
Pulmonary disease is a broad classification for a range of conditions that affect the lungs. Typically, these conditions will damage the lungs in some way, leaving a physical trace that makes it hard for sufferers to breathe, and making it easy to identify them with the right kind of tools.
It doesn’t take much to figure out that someone might have a pulmonary disease, as they will find it hard to breathe. Figuring out exactly which condition is at play can be trickier, with a huge range of options to choose from, and their outward symptoms being very similar. Asthma, COPD, Pneumonia, Pleural Effusion, and Lung Cancer all fall into this category, and patients are often found to be experiencing more than one of them.
While most pulmonary diseases do not have a defined cure, there are treatment options available at Cochise Oncology to improve the condition greatly. The treatment you receive will depend on the condition you have, but it’s very common for people to quit smoking and start using oxygen tanks while they sleep with pulmonary diseases. Lung cancer can be treated with chemotherapy and radiation treatments, while asthma is most commonly treated with inhalers and tablets.
Recovering and improving your breathing will be impossible without the right preparation. You should quit smoking before you start your treatment, and you should make sure that you’re working to keep yourself as fit as possible. This will ensure that you are actively improving the state of your lungs.
The length of your treatment will depend on the type of treatment you’re using and the condition you have. Many pulmonary disease sufferers have to use their treatments indefinitely, taking puffs on inhalers or sleeping with oxygen masks on. Modern medical technology is always improving, though, and this is helping to make treatments for conditions like COPD a lot easier to live with.
The downtime you will experience while being treated for conditions like lung cancer and COPD will depend on the treatment itself. Chemotherapy is extremely effective when it comes to halting the spread of cancer, but it can also have a big impact on other aspects of your body, often forcing people to take months out of work. You may experience no downtime at all, though.
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