COPD and Asthma Management

At Forum Medical Centre, our doctors can diagnose, treat and manage a range of respiratory disorders, including Chronic Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and Asthma. Differentiation COPD from Asthma can be complicated and requires experienced medical professionals with a keen eye for detail.
Our doctors understand that having a respiratory condition can be a debilitating factor. Our goal is to change that by providing you with all the necessary information, so you get a better understanding of your condition and feel well-informed to make the right decisions and choices in your everyday life. To book an appointment with us, please call 02 9572 7777today.

Primary Features of Asthma and COPD

To avoid misdiagnosis, it is important to know the primary features of each disorder so you can differentiate between the two.

Primary features of Asthma include:

  • Onset before 20 years of age.
  • Family history of Asthma or other allergic condition.
  • Symptoms vary seasonally or year to year.
  • Normal chest X-ray

Primary features of COPD include:

  • Onset after 40 years of age.
  • Symptoms persist despite treatment.
  • Cause can be extensive exposure to biomass fuel or tobacco smoke.
  • Severe hyperinflation or other changes on X-ray.
  • Abnormal lung function between symptoms
Primary Features of Asthma and COPD

COPD and Asthma Management

COPD worsens over time. So routine monitoring and follow ups are important to keep track of the progression. Assessing symptoms and having regular follow ups with patients will help to understand how the disorder is progressing and what changes you need to make to the treatment as a result. Quitting smoking is crucial in the management of COPD. The most common cause of exacerbation of COPD is viral or bacterial infection. Treatment for this could be steroids, antibiotics or bronchodilators.

Treatment for Asthma is much more straight forward and can include the prescription of an inhaler to manage the condition. The doctor will discuss your condition with you to determine the best course of action. Follow ups and regular check-ups are needed to ensure there are no further complications. It is important to educate the patients on the proper use of inhaler to manage their condition effectively.

The best treatment plan for COPD and Asthma Management is working together with your physician to monitor and review treatment plans for optimal results. At Forum Medical Centre, we have doctors who’ve helped many patients gain a deep understanding of their respiratory condition and empower them to self-manage their COPD or Asthma, and oversee their progress to ensure results are satisfactory. To book an appointment with us, call us on 02 9572 7777

COPD and Asthma Management
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