What are the treatment options for breathing disorders?

The treatment options for breathing disorder vary depending on the cause of the breathing disorder. Asthma, an airway disorder, is treated using long- and short-term medications that relax the muscles that constrict the airways. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is damage to the lungs caused by smoking. Treatment options include smoking cessation and medications that open the airways, reduce inflammation, and cure infection. In some cases, surgery may be an option.

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