The first step to getting rid of your asthma is to stop smoking.
If you have asthma and you smoke, you are more likely to have flare-ups. You may also find that your symptoms get worse when you are around other people who smoke.
The more you smoke, the more likely you are to experience asthma symptoms.
If you smoke, here are some things you can do to help you quit:
- Talk to your doctor about a smoking cessation program. They can help you find a program that works best for you.
- Get help from a professional at a cessation program. They can help you learn how to recognize early signs of withdrawal.
- Take a break from smoking.
- Try to relax.
If you are a smoker and you have COPD, talk to your doctor. They may offer a plan for you to quit.
What is the link between smoking and COPD?
Smoking makes your body more prone to breathing problems, such as asthma.
Smoking increases the amount of mucus in your airways. This can make it even harder to breathe.
Smoking also causes injury to your lungs. This may make it difficult to clear your airways properly.
You may also experience COPD symptoms with other respiratory conditions, such as:
If you smoke and have COPD, your doctor will likely put you on a treatment plan for both conditions.
What happens if you stop smoking?
If you smoke and have COPD, quitting will make you feel better.
The first step is to quit smoking. Many people struggle with this step.
If you are able to quit, you may find that your symptoms improve. You may also find that you are able to get more rest and spend less time coughing.
You may also find that you have fewer COPD symptoms.
If you have COPD and you stop smoking, you may not have any symptoms for a few months. You may continue to feel better if you quit.
If you can’t quit, quitting may not be easy. It may be a gradual process. Or, it may be a sudden change.
When you quit, you may have short-term symptoms and your symptoms may get worse.
In some cases, you may need to use supplemental oxygen or a breathing machine.
Talk to your doctor if you are not able to quit smoking. They may be able to guide you on how to quit.
Are there things you should avoid while quitting?
Quitting smoking is a challenge. It is not easy to break a habit like this.
The American Lung Association recommends that you avoid the following while you are trying to quit:
These are not the only things you should avoid. Other things to avoid include:
If you are having difficulty quitting, your doctor may refer you to a smoking cessation program.
They can help you find a program that works best for you.
What is the outlook for people with COPD and smoking?
If you have COPD and you smoke, quitting will improve your overall health. It will also improve your symptoms.
In many cases, you can break the habit. In some cases, you may need to use a breathing machine until you have the ability to quit.
The longer you try to quit, the more difficult it will be. It may take several attempts before you are able to quit.
If you can’t quit, your symptoms will get worse and you will need more treatments.
Talk to your doctor about your smoking and COPD. They can help you find a program to help you quit.
How to manage COPD and smoking?
The first step to managing COPD and smoking is to quit smoking.
If you have COPD and you smoke, you may find that you have a difficult time quitting. This is because smoking is a habit that you have been used to for a long time.
You may also find it difficult to find an effective way to help you quit.
If you find it hard to quit, your doctor may refer you to a smoking cessation program.
This is often the first step in a treatment plan to help you quit.
After you quit smoking, you may still need to take certain steps. This can help you manage your COPD and symptoms.
These steps may include:
- Using your rescue inhaler. This may help you control symptoms.
- Taking your daily medications as prescribed.
- Eating a healthy diet.
- Making sure that you rest.
- Getting plenty of exercise.
- Taking your medications as directed.
What you can do now?
Most people who have COPD can manage their symptoms and avoid complications.
It is important to follow your doctors’ treatment plan. If you have problems, talk to your doctor and find a program that works best for you.
If you can’t quit, talk with your doctor about other treatment options. They can help you find a program that works for you.
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