If you’re experiencing shortness of breath, increased breathlessness, and frequent coughing, Kalpana Desai, MD, can help. At Family Medical Center in Lady Lake, Florida, Dr. Desai provides accurate diagnosis and treatment plans for COPD lung diseases like emphysema and chronic bronchitis. To learn more about chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and the treatments available, call Integrated Family Medical Center or schedule an appointment online today.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is used to describe progressive lung diseases, including emphysema and chronic bronchitis.
COPD is caused by damage to the lungs that reduces their ability to function. The primary cause of COPD is smoking, but you can also develop lung disease from exposure to other lung irritants such as pollution, fumes, or gases. In rare cases, COPD is caused by the genetic disorder alpha-1-antitrypsin (AAT) deficiency.
When you have COPD, you experience increased breathlessness as the disease progresses and your lung function decreases. This reduction in function can lead to more damage to your lungs.
There’s no cure for COPD, but it can be managed.
COPD symptoms can vary, but often include:
During your physical exam, Dr. Desai discusses your family and medical history, as well as the degree to which you’ve been exposed to cigarette smoke or any lung irritants. She might also recommend additional testing that includes:
Dr. Desai might also perform lab tests to rule out other health conditions or to determine genetic links that might have you at risk for COPD.
There’s no cure for COPD, but several treatments are available to manage your condition. The earlier you reach a diagnosis, the more effective your treatment can be.
Dr. Desai provides personalized treatment options to match your individual needs. First, if you smoke, she works with you to identify an effective smoking cessation strategy to help you quit.
Next, she works with you to develop strategies to control your COPD symptoms, reduce your chances of exacerbations (symptom flare-ups), and ensure you can lead a full and active life. Treatment options include:
Dr. Desai also offers holistic therapies in addition to traditional medical care. For COPD management, these might include breathing techniques, regular exercise, a healthy diet, and controlled coughing to clear your airways.
If you’re suffering from symptoms associated with COPD, call Integrated Family Medical Center or schedule an appointment online today.