COPD is progressive, which means it gets worse over time. Asthma is a reversible condition when the right treatment is received at the right time. This makes early treatment important, especially when ACOS occurs.
If you have any signs of COPD, you should see an allergist. The earlier you get treatment, the better. Your allergist is specially trained to help you manage the chronic conditions of asthma, COPD or ACOS. It’s especially important to work with your allergist to manage symptoms and get the best care possible for your specific needs.
Treating ACOS isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach. Each patient receives a customized treatment plan. Treatment may include medication to reduce symptoms, supplemental oxygen and pulmonary (lung) rehabilitation. It may take some time to identify which medications work best for you. Lifestyle changes, such as exercise, breathing techniques and avoidance of air pollutants at home and at work, may also be recommended. For smokers, the most important part of treatment is quitting the use of tobacco.
Because respiratory illnesses such as the flu can cause serious complications in people with ACOS, you should get a yearly flu vaccine. A pneumococcal pneumonia vaccine is also recommended.
The sooner you see an allergist, the better. There is no cure for ACOS, and the early diagnosis of this syndrome can improve the overall health of your lungs. When more than one illness affects your breathing or if you have ACOS, your allergist will help you manage your symptoms and maximize your lung function. Don’t wait to find an allergist. Take steps now to improve your health and the quality of your life.