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Lung Disease Resources

Learning about lung disease can be overwhelming, so Inogen has curated reliable resources to help get you started. Read on to learn more about where to find the lung disease information you need.

About Lung Disease

There are two different kinds of lung disease, obstructive and restrictive, each of which cause difficulty breathing. Obstructive lung disease involves an obstruction in your airways due to inflammation or swelling, which impacts your ability to exhale properly. COPD and asthma are both obstructive lung diseases. Restrictive lung disease involves a reduced lung capacity, which results in your lungs being unable to fill completely during inhalation. This can be due to stiffness or scarring of the lung tissue, loss of functional lung tissue, an enlarged abdomen or neurological factors. Lung cancer, pneumonia and pulmonary fibrosis are types of restrictive lung disease.

How to Find the Right Lung Disease Information

Discovering that you or someone you love has lung disease can be frightening, so it is important to make sure that you have the correct lung disease information so you can prepare properly. According to the American Lung Association (lung.org) nearly 37 million Americans live with a chronic lung disease like asthma and COPD, which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis. About 15 million American adults have been diagnosed with COPD, an obstructive lung disease that over time makes it harder to breathe. However, this number may be much higher because more than 18 million adults have evidence of impaired lung function, and may have undiagnosed COPD.[1] While those are large numbers, it also means that tens of millions of people have learned how to use lung disease support services to live as normally as possible with their disease.

Finding the right lung disease information can help you learn how to adjust to living as normally as possible with your disease. Look for resources from reputable medical organizations with information written by experts. With the right lung disease resources, you can get the latest, most accurate information about your disease and learn some ways to stay as healthy as possible.

Trusted Lung Disease Resources

Inogen has compiled the following lung disease resources where you can find up-to-date lung disease information to help you. Explore the following links for helpful facts, resources and lung disease support services.

Finding Lung Disease Support

After your lung disease diagnosis, you may want to find lung disease support services to help you learn more about living with your disease. You may also find it helpful to discuss your experience with people who have gone through the same thing. Talk to your doctor or call your local medical center to find lung disease support in your area, or explore one of these lung disease support resources below.

  • American Association for Respiratory Care: Information about how AARC members provide support to patients.
  • Better Breathers Club: ALA’s in-person support group for people with a variety of different lung diseases. 
  • Inspire.com: ALA’s free online support communities offer peer-to-peer support.
  • Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation: Information about finding a local support group, joining an online or telephone-based support group or starting your own PF support group. 
  • U.S. News: An interesting article about why lung disease patients find support groups particularly helpful for living with their disease. 

Inogen Offers Lung Disease Information

Inogen is proud that our products are able to support many people with a variety of different lung diseases. As such, we offer lung disease information and resources to help you navigate your experience living with your lung disease. Explore our lung disease information pages, as well as our Inogen Oxygen Education Blog for data, informative material and advice for maintaining your respiratory health. If your doctor prescribes supplemental oxygen as part of your lung disease support services, Inogen can help make oxygen therapy as easy as possible. Contact us to find out how our portable oxygen concentrators may help you breathe better with oxygen at home or away, day or night.

REFERENCES

  1. About Us | American Lung Association

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