One of the conditions that is included in the term COPD, emphysema occurs when the tiny sacs at the very end of the airways are destroyed.

HOW DOES LYNCH'S PHARMACY HELP?

  • Initial half hour consultation with your Pharmacist outlining Emphysema. This 30 minute one-on-one session is broken into three areas -
  1. What is the cause of Emphysema?
  2. How is Emphysema treated?
  3. How do you live with Emphysema?
  • We will go through the causes, risk factors, progression and management of Emphysema.
We will explain the treatments available including conventional medicine, complimentary medicine and complimentary therapy. All our recommendations for complimentary medicine and therapies are based on clinical evidence.
  • Access to our Emphysema Resource Centre - stay informed and up to date on the latest developments in Emphysema research, including the best management strategies available.
  • Access to our Emphysema Library where you will find articles and videos on all things to do with causes, living with and treating Emphysema.
  • You might have been recommended to follow a healthy diet, so we make it easy by providing many delicious, healthy, calorie controlled recipes.
  • Exercise is medicine. Let Olympic Athlete Gillian O'Sullivan get you motivated and started with an exercise program. Gillian will put you through your paces online using our stretching and exercise videos.
  • Visit our interactive stress management centre where Sinead & Jez will help you relax through Yoga and Tai Chi.
  • Also available in our resource centre are our scientifically proven complimentary therapies. Get started today using our quick start guide to Art Therapy, Music Therapy, Light Therapy, meditation, relaxed breathing, muscle relaxation and many more. Control your stress using scientifically proven therapies.
  • What is it?

    Smoking is the leading cause of emphysema. The smallest airways in our lungs are called bronchioles. At the end of these bronchioles are the alveoli, tiny sacs where oxygen is traded for carbon dioxide. in emphysema, these sacs are destroyed, making breathing difficult.

    How do I recognise it?

    Emphysema symptoms are:

    • Shortness of breath
    • Wheezing
    • Chest tightness
    • Reduced capacity for physical activity
    • Chronic coughing, which could also indicate chronic bronchitis
    • Loss of appetite and weight
    • Fatigue

    Causes

    The causes of emphysema include:

    • Smoking.
    • Protein deficiency. Sometimes, a lack of a certain protein which provides the alveoli with elasticity can cause emphysema.

    How do you treat it?

    Like any disease, even if there is no cure, there is almost always something you can do to manage it and take control. There are three main areas involved in the treatment of any disease:

    For information on medicines and therapies relevant to Emphysema, make an appointment at Lynch's pharmacy, Broadale, Douglas, Cork on 021-4366923.

    Learn all about the drugs used to treat the disease and any complementary medicines or therapies proven to help. Equip yourself with the tools to manage the condition and not be managed by it.

    How do you live with it?

    Certain adjustments may be needed to get on with your life, and often, some simple tips and advice can go a long way to making these changes. 

    When you come to a Lynch's Pharmacy Clinic, we give you all the necessary information available to make your life more manageable and allow you to better live with your condition.

    References

    Emphysema-http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emphysema

    COPD, information for patients                                                                                                                                                                http://www.cks.nhs.uk/chronic_obstructive_pulmonary_disease/background_information

    Emphysema, a comprehensive overview                                                                                                                                               http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/emphysema/DS00296