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Treat COPD exacerbations the better way – in your home

During COPD exacerbations, it’s not uncommon to experience a sense of panic or dread. Staying calm, remaining still, and avoiding excess physical movement will help you keep composure during these unsettling moments. During an exacerbation, travel to the local urgent care or emergency room can be burdensome. Fortunately, DispatchHealth provides a unique type of care. We will come directly to you and treat your COPD exacerbations in your home. We will work to manage your symptoms and identify the best way to help you feel better. Download our app, give us a call, or request care on our website to let us help you with your COPD.

COPD exacerbations: facts and background

Nearly 75% of COPD exacerbations are caused by viral or bacterial infections in the lungs. COPD sufferers already have compromised lungs, and these symptoms can be serious. The most common include:

  • Cough
  • Pain in the chest
  • Phlegm production
  • Shortness of breath

As COPD progresses, exacerbations may increase in frequency. The average person with COPD experiences about 3 episodes per year. COPD exacerbations vary in severity. Assessment from a medical professional can help alleviate symptoms associated with these events.

If left untreated

COPD exacerbations left untreated may be life threatening. Individuals with significant difficulty breathing are at the highest risk. Without proper oxygen flow, the body is unable to properly function. This can cause brain damage and increase the risk of mortality. DispatchHealth can help treat your COPD exacerbation today. Contact us to learn more.

Medically reviewed by Dr. Phil Mitchell MD, MS on July 24th, 2019

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