When you have COPD, you may have too much mucus in your lungs. Learning
to clear your lungs may help you save energy and improves your breathing. It may also help
prevent lung infections.
There are three ways to clear your
Coughing is how
your body tries to get rid of mucus. But the kind of coughing you cannot
control makes things worse. It causes your airways to close. It also traps the
mucus in your lungs.
Controlled coughing comes from deep in your
lungs. It loosens mucus and moves it though your airways. It is best to do it
after you use your inhaler or other medicine.
means lying down in different positions to help drain mucus from your lungs.
Hold each position for 5 minutes. Do it about 30 minutes after you
use your inhaler. Make sure you have an empty stomach. If you need to cough,
sit up and do controlled coughing.
means that you lightly tap your chest and back. The tapping loosens the mucus
in your lungs.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and
call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your
test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
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Current as of:
May 23, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Hasmeena Kathuria, MD - Pulmonology, Critical Care Medicine, Sleep Medicine
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