COPD: When to Call a Doctor

COPD: When to Call a Doctor

Call the emergency room if you experience:

  • Blocking of breathing.
  • Difficulty breathing.
  • Severe chest pain.

Call a doctor immediately if you have previously been diagnosed with COPD and you:

  • Expecting blood.
  • Have developed shortness of breath or wheezing, which is rapidly aggravated.
  • You experience chest pain.
  • Cough more often than usual and notice a change in the color of the expectorated mucus.
  • Have noticed swelling of the legs or abdomen.
  • Developed a high temperature.
  • Developed the symptoms of influenza.

If your symptoms (cough, mucus, and / or dyspnea) suddenly deteriorate, it can be an exacerbation of COPD.

Call a doctor if:

  • Your medicine does not help you.
  • Symptoms gradually worsen.

You have a cold and:

  • Your fever lasts longer than 2 - 3 days.
  • Dyspnea became much worse.
  • Cough aggravated or lasts longer than 7 to 10 days.
  • You have not been diagnosed with COPD, but you have symptoms. Smoking increases the likelihood of COPD.
  • You're coughing up blood.

Consult your doctor

If you are diagnosed with COPD, ask your doctor for advice on:

  • Cessation of smoking.
  • Annual vaccination against influenza.
  • Vaccination against pneumonia.
  • Physical training and rehabilitation programs for the lungs.
  • Any renewal or substitution of medication or therapy.

Who to contact

To medical professionals who can diagnose and treat COPD, include:

  • Family doctors.
  • Therapists.
  • Nurses of the highest qualification.
  • Assistant physician.

You can also be referred to a pulmonologist if:

  • Your diagnosis of COPD is uncertain.
  • You have unusual symptoms.
  • You are under 50 and do not smoke.
  • You often go to the hospital because of sudden exacerbations of breathlessness.
  • You need long-term oxygen therapy or corticosteroid treatment.
  • You are thinking about surgery, for the purpose of a lung transplant or a reduction in lung volume.

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