If you have been suffering from respiratory problems for a long time, it could be due to COPD. It is estimated that nearly sixty-five million people globally are suffering from this condition and this number is only going to increase in the coming years due to various factors. It is found that smoking is a major risk factor and people who smoke are more vulnerable to die of COPD than those who don’t.
What is COPD?
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is an umbrella term for different respiratory diseases including refractory asthma, chronic bronchitis, and emphysema that partially block the airflow from the lungs and it is a long-term lung disease. This condition is characterized by breathlessness because the air tubes which carry air to and from your lungs become narrower due to blockage making you feel uncomfortable and short of breath. Although managing COPD seems difficult, you can manage it effectively with appropriate remedies given by Homeo clinics.
Symptoms of COPD:
In the early stages of COPD, you may not experience any significant signs or symptoms and it often happens that by the time you see clear symptoms, it would have damaged your lungs. Also, in some people, the symptoms of COPD may be mistaken for symptoms of other diseases or old age. Being aware of the COPD symptoms can help you manage it early on –
- chronic or recurrent cough
- mucus or sputum (clear/white/yellow/green in colour)
- chest tightness
- recurrent respiratory illnesses/infections
- swelling in ankles/feet/legs
Causes of COPD:
There are certain risk factors that cause chronic obstructive pulmonary disease when exposed to these for the long term. You can stay guarded against being affected by COPD if you keep yourself away from such factors. Smoking is one of the major causes of COPD and it has been observed in many cases that people with COPD have some past record of smoking or passive smoking.
Non-smokers too can get affected by this condition if they have been exposed to chemicals or environmental elements that irritate the lungs for the long term. For example, people breathing in fumes from cooking stoves, people working or living in smoky, polluted and dusty places can also get affected by COPD.
Rarely, in some people, genetic issues or lack of certain protein (alpha 1 antitrypsin) can also cause the condition.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease can lead to different complications in people which include –
- Respiratory infections – You are at greater risk of getting affected by cold, flu and pneumonia which make it further difficult for you to breathe.
- Lung cancer – If you have COPD and don’t quit smoking, you have higher chances of getting cancer.
- Heart problems – People with COPD have a higher risk of heart diseases.
- Depression – Chronic difficulty in breathing can create hurdles in your daily activities and this may lead to depression.
COPD and Homeopathy:
Prevention is not possible in many diseases, but luckily, it is possible to prevent COPD unless it is due to genetic issues or lack of a protein. You can safeguard yourself against COPD by quitting smoking, staying away from people who smoke and avoiding exposure to other COPD causing factors for a long time. For those people who are already affected by the condition, Homeopathy clinics provide the best treatment for COPD. Homeopathy with its holistic treatment method addresses the individual susceptibility to the condition and counsels the person appropriately instead of focusing on mere symptoms. This kind of homeopathic treatment helps in the complete recovery of the patient and also aids in dealing with the psychological distress of the patient caused by chronic suffering.