COPD

Hanumantha Kolusu, MD -  - Internist

Hanumantha Kolusu, MD

Internist located in Quad Cities, Moline, IL

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma are severe respiratory diseases that can significantly impact your overall health and sense of well-being. Hanumantha R. Kolusu, MD, and his team at H R Kolusu MDPC in Moline, Illinois, have experience in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of COPD and chronic asthma. For expert consultation, call or schedule an appointment online with their Quad Cities office today.

COPD Q & A

What is chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)?

COPD is a disorder of the respiratory system that affects as many as 15.3 million people in the United States. COPD is a group of diseases that obstruct the respiratory system, leading to the disruption of airflow and prevention of oxygen delivery to the body.

There are two main types of COPD:

Emphysema

Emphysema causes damage to the alveoli, or air sacs of the lungs, causing air to get trapped in the lungs and preventing appropriate amounts of oxygen from reaching the body.

Chronic bronchitis

Chronic bronchitis is an ongoing blockage of the bronchi, the airways connected directly to the lungs, due to swelling, irritation, and excessive mucus production.

The primary cause of COPD is smoking, which damages the airways and lungs. COPD often affects adult men and women over the age of 40, and typically gets progressively worse over time.

What is chronic asthma?

Asthma is another type of health condition that affects the respiratory system that affects children and adults. Asthma disrupts airflow due to inflammation, swelling, and narrowing of the airways.

Asthma may be a short-term condition, or may be chronic and need ongoing management throughout your lifetime. It is usually due to exposure to something that triggers an allergic reaction in the airways.

Asthma attacks are often sudden and can get progressively more severe over time. Breathing returns to normal between attacks, and treatment usually focuses on preventing exposure to your specific triggers.

What are the symptoms of COPD and asthma?

COPD and asthma have some symptoms in common. COPD symptoms are usually long term and continuous, while asthma symptoms come on suddenly and then resolve with treatment. Symptoms include:

  • Exercise or activity intolerance
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest heaviness or tightness
  • Wheezing
  • Coughing
  • Blue lips or fingers
  • Fatigue
  • Increased susceptibility to respiratory infections

With COPD, you may also have excessive mucus production, a chronic cough, and a barrel-shaped chest.

What are the treatment options for COPD and chronic asthma?

The team at H R Kolusu MDPC offers services to help prevent, diagnose, and treat your COPD and chronic asthma, including:

  • Smoking cessation counseling
  • Smoking cessation medications
  • Breathing treatments
  • Medication therapies
  • Allergy testing referrals
  • Supplemental oxygen referrals
  • Pulmonary rehabilitation referrals
  • X-ray

Dr. Kolusu works closely with you to create a plan of care that works with your specific symptoms, triggers, and lifestyle. If you have COPD or chronic asthma, he can give you the tools to help manage your breathing throughout your lifetime.

For a consultation regarding your COPD or chronic asthma, call or schedule an appointment with H R Kolusu MDPC today.