COPD: Treatment


There are several paths for the treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and you can take them at the same time. They center on these three areas.


Avoiding Infections 

People with chronic lung conditions, such as COPD, need to be extremely aware of avoiding viral, bacterial, parasitic, and fungal lung infections, since these conditions make it more difficult for your body to stop and kill invading organisms. Learn about avoiding infections.



Your health care provider may prescribe medications to control the symptoms of COPD like bronchodilators for COPD, anti-inflammatories, and antibiotics. Learn about COPD medicines, plus tips for managing all your medications.


Oxygen Therapy

Some people with COPD may benefit from oxygen therapy. Oxygen therapy is used to ensure there is enough oxygen in the blood to provide for the body's needs.


Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Because of the many aspects involved in the care and management of life with COPD, you may choose to participate in a pulmonary rehabilitation program, which involves tailored treatment for your needs. Learn about pulmonary rehabilitation.


Lung Volume Reduction Surgery (LVRS)

Lung volume reduction surgery is considered for adults with certain patterns of severe emphysema. Specific tests are done to determine if lung volume reduction surgery is recommended. These tests include breathing tests, a chest CT scan, arterial blood gas (ABG), lung perfusion study and exercise test. Learn more about LVRS.