As of 2015, there is no cure for COPD, as reported by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. There are a number of medicines that a person can take, however, that can ease symptoms of the disease, such as bronchodilators and inhaled steroids, as stated by Mayo Clinic.
Steroids, either inhaled or taken orally, may help reduce inflammation of the bronchials, which may ease breathing, as indicated by Mayo Clinic. Doctors may also prescribe combination inhalers, containing both steroids and a bronchodilators. Additionally, a new type of medicine, called phosphodiesterase-4 inhibitors, has received authorization for use in people with COPD. This medicine works similarly to the way a steroid works by decreasing inflammation around the lungs and relaxing the airways.
A number of lifestyle changes can ease the symptoms of COPD, one of the most important of which is to stop smoking entirely, according to Healthline. Doing so may possibly slow the loss of lung tissue in a person's body. Staying active is also important for people with COPD, as regular exercise can help strengthen the airways. Finally, certain breathing techniques and positions can help a person breathe more easily and increase the amount of oxygen in the blood.