Latest by John Bottrell

10 Summer COPD Triggers

Oh, there are so many things you can do in the summer. You can sit on your front porch while enjoying a cool drink and a refreshing breeze. You can bask in the sun while watching kids playing in cool, refreshing water. You can camp with your family a...

Inhaler vs. Nebulizer: Which One is Better?

For those with COPD, it’s important to know which treatment is most effective, convenient and will save you the most money.

Understanding Long Acting Beta Agonists

What are Long Acting Beta Agonists (LABAs), and how do they help you?

How is COPD Diagnosed?

So you’re having trouble breathing and are wondering if it’s chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). You’ve called a doctor and made an appointment. Now what? Like asthma, COPD is sometimes difficult to diagnose because there are many other dis...

Breaking Down a Pulmonary Function Test (PFT)

Pulmonary Function Testing (PFT) is a standard test that can help diagnose chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The results may also determine how severe your disease is, and how well treatment is working. A main part of the testing involves ...

Best Allergy Medicines for Asthma

Here’s what you need to know about medications that can help tackle both allergy and asthma symptoms.

How Pets Affect Asthma

The impact of pets on asthma is an interesting subject. On the one hand, evidence suggests exposure to pets may cause and trigger asthma. Yet on the other hand, evidence suggests exposure to pets may actually prevent asthma. So what gives? Statistics ...

10 Ways COPD Can Affect the Heart

Did you know that chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) can affect the heart as well as the lungs? The organs work so closely together that heart damage or disease is a common comorbidity of COPD. Here are 10 heart problems COPD patients can d...

CPAP v. BiPAP

Some people with COPD, or COPD plus sleep apnea, may benefit from CPAP or BiPAP machines at night.

Do You Need Oxygen Therapy?

Sometimes people with COPD need to inhale more oxygen than what is provided in the air. So what is oxygen therapy, and do you need it?