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People can make serious improvements to lung function

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May 10, 2018

MOAMA Village Pharmacy is encouraging people with lung diseases to review their treatment as part of Lung Health Awareness Month.

MOAMA Village Pharmacy is encouraging people with lung diseases to review their treatment as part of Lung Health Awareness Month.

Asthma educator and pharmacist Sherri Barden said when people thought of lung health, it often related to asthma.

‘‘However, we forget that one in seven people in Australia over 40 years suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a total of 1.45million,’’ she said. ‘‘It is the second leading cause of preventable hospitalisations and while there is no cure, there are things people can do to improve symptoms, stay out of hospital and improve their quality of life.

‘‘Identifying triggers, managing exacerbating factors, cessation of smoking and optimisation of inhaler therapy remains at the core of improving COPD management.’’

Mrs Barden said up to 90 per cent of people may use inhalers incorrectly and regular review and subtle adjustments to inhaler technique may lead to a significant improvement in lung function and symptom control.

Differing from asthma, COPD is a progressive condition characterised by shortness of breath, cough and phlegm production.

Symptoms tend to increased gradually, with nearly half of those suffering not aware they even have it.

‘‘Reducing exacerbating factors such as smoking and pollutants and improving lung function, inhaler technique and understanding are key in reducing flare ups,’’ she said.

For education and advice, Mrs Barden offers free 30-minute asthma and COPD consultations by appointment from Wednesday to Fridays.

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