What is COPD? | Wilmington Health | Holly Smith, NP-C

Typically in our world COPD comes from
a long smoking history. So someone has been a pack-a-day smoker for thirty
years and their airways have been damaged as a result. So the first thing
we encourage people is to of course stop smoking but we treat them similarly in
the way that we use inhalers the pulmonary function test gives us a good
feel for where people stand with their COPD. It was something that we would
repeat maybe once a year or every two you know depending on their symptoms to see over time what does the COPD look like if they continue to smoke. We expect
it’s gonna get worse sometimes people require oxygen therapy. That’s kind of different from asthma. Most often an asthmatic would not need
oxygen but a patient with COPD might and as that progresses then you know we
monitor more closely and and provide oxygen if they need it and just try to
manage their symptoms but ultimately in a COPD patient the best thing to do is
to quit smoking the reality of that question is what’s affordable so there
are multiple inhaler options available all of them have you know gone through
the the ringer to be approved by the FDA that they’re safe that they’re that they
work that they actually do improve lung function or symptoms whatever the the
goal of the study was but when we see patients our priority our goal is to
make sure that they can afford their medications we have research
opportunities with Wilmington health where patients can enroll in studies and
they can get their medication for free or at least part of it so we’re always
looking for the most affordable and the most effective medication luckily there
are a lot of inhaler options so if someone tries an inhaler that they don’t
really care for then we have several others that we can turn to until we find
the sweet spot what works you