I am trying to understand late at night how to help my Dad from the above illnesses, that is putting the fear of god in my father and I have to say watching him like this is devisting to say the least..
I really don’t have the answers for him and it is killing me everytime I am with him he is scared, fearing death and I just don’t have the tools to help him with this fear, illness nor do I have the medical background to understand what can help him with all thse illnesses.
He is a strong little man that has a heart of gold and I love him so damn much today was enough for me to go WTF??
I am struggling with understanding how and what I can do to make him have a good night sleep, take away the pain and give him peace …
I want to remove his fear, remove his pain and remove his sadness that seems to be building deeply inside this beautiful man who is my dear dad.
His legs are swallen, his feet are on fire and his faith is dying within him… wtf can I do to help him ????
Which seems to be the asbestosis which causes Clubbed fingers and toes
- When the lungs deliver insufficient oxygen to the blood, a symptom called “clubbing” may arise.
- The tips of the toes and fingers appear wider and rounder than normal.
- Fingernails and toenails may become deformed because of the lack of oxygen reaching the body’s extremities.
Emphysema is one of two conditions grouped under the more general term chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The other is chronic bronchitis. Emphysema causes the air sacs in your lungs to burst. This reduces the surface area of your lungs, which leads to progressive difficulty in breathing. When you are having problems with breathing, your vital organs do not receive as much oxygen as they should. This causes tissue injury and death, and is eventually fatal.
There is no cure for emphysema, but treatments are available to relieve symptoms and prevent further lung damage. People who have emphysema and smoke should quit smoking immediately. After you have quit smoking, there are several treatments available for emphysema.
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Medications as inhalants
Bronchodilators are medications that relax the bronchiolar muscles and improve airflow. Bronchodilators are available as inhalers in both metered dose form and powder inhalers, and through nebulizer machines (they convert the powder to aerosol). Bronchodilators may be used for short-term use for those needing quick relief from symptoms, or for long-term daily use.
Steroids can also be used to treat emphysema. Your doctor may prescribe corticosteroids in an inhaler form. Corticosteroids relieve symptoms by reducing inflammation. Some popular inhalers, such as Advair — which brings salmeterol and fluticasone together — combine a bronchodilator with a corticosteroid.
Oral treatments for emphysema
People with emphysema may be prescribed an oral steroid like prednisone, in addition to using an inhaler. Antibiotics are also popular treatments, preventing infections that can lead to dangerous conditions like pneumonia.
Mucolytic agents are sometimes prescribed to help lessen mucous. These treatments come in the form of expectorants, medications that help bring mucus up from the lungs. Mucinex and Robitussin are popular over-the-counter versions.
Many people who have emphysema will eventually need to use an oxygen treatment every day. As the disease progresses, the need for oxygen often increases. Some will eventually require oxygen all the time.
Not everyone with emphysema requires the large mobile tank often associated with oxygen supplementation. A much lighter and more portable device called a concentrator can extract oxygen from the air and convert it for use. Older versions of these devices initially required a power outlet to operate, but newer versions operate on battery power, making them more viable for everyday use. However, the battery-operated version isn’t recommended for use during sleep, as the device may have problems recognizing when a sleeping user is inhaling.
Surgery and rehabilitation
Some people with emphysema may qualify for surgery to reduce lung volume, which helps to decrease symptoms. This surgery is generally not performed on older adults due to health risks. People who have lung damage that’s centralized on the upper lobes of both lungs are more likely to benefit from surgery.
Your doctor may recommend pulmonary rehabilitation. Breathing exercises can also help you strengthen your lungs. In addition to exercise, you may be encouraged to interact with other people who have emphysema during these sessions. This can help build confidence and increase overall well-being. A medical professional may also work with you to help improve your understanding of medications and available treatments.
Sulfur has been identified as an aid in reducing inflammation and mucus. Often sold as MSM, sulphur is also said to help increase oxygen flow. Coenzyme Q10, found in some fish and whole grains, contains antioxidant properties. No studies have conclusively linked coenzyme Q10 to successful emphysema treatment, but it’s believed to improve immunity and energy levels, both of which may help alleviate symptoms.
Herbs like ginkgo biloba, a Chinese herb widely recognized for its many health benefits, may strengthen lungs. N-Acetyl-Cysteine is commonly used to help liquefy mucus in cystic fibrosis, which may help people who are experiencing mucus-related symptoms as well. Healthcare professionals sometimes recommend grape seed extract, which is believed to protect smokers from further cell damage.
Some herbs can interfere with medications you’re taking and cause complications or make your medications less effective. You should always talk to your doctor before you start any alternative therapies.
There is no permanent cure for emphysema. Treatments can only manage symptoms or slow the prognosis of the disease. Quitting smoking is one of the best things you can do to help manage your symptoms. Talk to your doctor if you need help quitting smoking. They can provide resources that will help you quit.
Asbestosis Treatment Options
Although asbestosis is an irreversible condition, treatment options do exist to slow its progression and help someone with the disease live many years after a diagnosis. Medication and breathing treatments are the two most common treatments, and surgery may come into play as well. All of the treatment options are palliative, which means they are not potentially curative and are designed to improve a patient’s quality of life.
Treatments focus on a patient’s ability to breathe without distress. Caused by an inhalation of asbestos fibers, asbestosis is a lung disease that, over time, creates labored and painful breathing. Lung tissues that are scarred from embedded fibers impede the natural breathing process.
Doctors often prescribe inhalers and medications like bronchodilators, aspirin and antibiotics to help those diagnosed with asbestosis. In some patients, treatments such as a humidifier, oxygen therapy, chest percussion or postural drainage may also be recommended to relieve symptoms of chest congestion, tightness and difficulty breathing. If a patient’s symptoms are so severe that medications don’t work, a doctor may recommend surgery to remove scar tissue.
Symptoms of Asbestosis
When scar tissue forms around the lungs’ microscopic air sacs, it gradually becomes harder for them to expand and fill with fresh air.
This can cause a series of symptoms, including:
- Shortness of breath
- Persistent dry cough
- Chest tightness and pain
- Loss of weight and appetite
- Crackling sound when breathing
The stiffening of the lungs causes the coughing, discomfort and crackling sound associated with asbestosis, and it also results in less oxygen being delivered to the blood, causing shortness of breath. Because the body relies on oxygen for energy, chronic breathing difficulties lead to fatigue and weight loss.
Advanced Symptoms of Asbestosis
- Pulmonary hypertension
- The formation of scar tissue may also constrict arteries and make it harder to pump blood out of the heart and into the lungs without increasing the pressure required to perform the action. This is called pulmonary hypertension, which is a different condition from the more commonly occurring “high blood pressure” or systemic hypertension. Pulmonary hypertension is dangerous because it forces the heart to work harder, potentially leading to earlier problems with coronary artery disease and congestive heart failure.
- Clubbed fingers and toes
- When the lungs deliver insufficient oxygen to the blood, a symptom called “clubbing” may arise. The tips of the toes and fingers appear wider and rounder than normal. Fingernails and toenails may become deformed because of the lack of oxygen reaching the body’s extremities.
Managing Symptoms of Asbestosis
Patients can minimize symptoms of asbestosis by taking steps to improve their lifestyle:
- Eat a well-balanced diet and stay hydrated.
- Get adequate sleep every night and take short rests during the day.
- Exercise regularly without overexerting yourself.
- Prevent respiratory infections by getting flu and pneumonia vaccines, washing your hands and avoiding large crowds.
- Avoid air pollution and tobacco smoke.