inflammation of the bronchial pathways that cause cough and purulent sputum production for at least three months
year for more than two years.
Commonly associated with smokers.
is usually controlled by treatment as long as you are not
and not suffering from
, such as congestive heart
typically reduces life expectancy if you are
smoker and do not quit
or if you suffer from
Can lead in the terminal stage of COPD, heart
("cor pulmonale") by the same tired face resistance from the lungs to the passage of blood.
Although the per se does not predispose to
, the most important factor,
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
(COPD) which is incurable. It is characterized by
shortness of breath, lips and nails amoratados and the subsequent need for
Diagnosis and Treatment.
The diagnosis is made by history or history, since its definition is that of cough and expectoration for more than three months
year, two years or more.
It is desirable to the conduct of chest X - rays to rule out an underlying
and to have
point of comparison for the
cause symptoms identical to those of
. The medical tests to exclude these possibilities in making
The treatment does not cure
can relieve symptoms and help prevent complications.
: This is the main treatment.
If you work or live in an area with lots of air pollution, will make every effort to avoid or reduce the level of pollution.
Consider changing jobs and / or install air conditioners to filter and control humidity in your
Avoid sudden changes in temperature or exposure to cold and wet.
Make deep breathing techniques and bronchial drainage.
Frequent medical examinations.
Antibiotics prescribed by your
, to combat
Expectorants to soften the secretions. One of the best is water; Get used to make hot
Bronchodilators to open the bronchial pathways.
will prescribe medication to treat
The antitusivos could worsen their situation.
With no restrictions other than the lack of air, which in time will be reduced.
It is important to follow
regular exercise routine because inactivity leads to
prolonged incapacitation excessive.
It is not necessary to follow
Increase consumption of fluids, taking 8 to 10
day in order to maintain the soft lung secretions.
Signs and symptoms.
cough or the coughing spasms.
Shortness of breath.
Thick sputum coughing and difficulty.
The production of sputum varies according to whether or not
Mix with the causes.
Do not smoke. This is the most reversible risk.
Avoid irritating fumes into the atmosphere.
Receive medical treatment speedily to
more frequent in women exposed to dust or noxious gases.