COPD Symptom Tracker
WebMD’s COPD tracker provides your doctor with important information about your health and allows you to participate in your COPD treatment.
COPD: Handling a Flare-Up - Topic Overview
If you have COPD,your usual shortness of breath could suddenly get worse. You may start coughing more and have more mucus. This flare-up is called a COPD exacerbation or a COPD attack. A lung infection or air pollution could set off an attack. Or it may happen after a quick change in temperature or being around chemicals. You may not always know the cause. What are the warning signs? When ...
Conserving Energy When You Have COPD or Other Chronic Conditions - Topic Overview
What does it mean to conserve energy?Cooking dinner, putting away laundry, or even just walking across your living room can be exhausting when you have COPD, heart failure, or another long-term (chronic) condition. You may feel at times as though you've lost your ability to live your life.Conserving, or saving, your energy means finding ways of doing daily activities with as little effort as possible. With some planning and tips, you can get tasks done more easily and enjoy your daily routine.How can you conserve energy in daily activities?Plan activitiesMake a list of what you have to do every day. Group the tasks by location, so you do all the chores you have in one part of your house around the same time.Go out for errands or do chores at the time of day when you have the most energy.Leave plenty of time to do tasks or get to events. That way you aren't rushed and breathless to get somewhere. Include rest periods in your day.Ask for help from family or friends for chores that are
AAT Deficiency Starts in the Liver
If you have AAT deficiency, you may worry about liver disease. AAT deficiency can cause liver disease, most often in infants and small children.
AAT Deficiency: Should You Be Tested?
AAT deficiency is inherited and can lead to lung disease, especially if you smoke. If you there's a chance you have AAT deficiency, you may want to be tested.
What Causes COPD?
Smoking, dirty air in the workplace, and asthma can lead to COPD. Learn what causes this lung problem and how to protect your lungs.
Anticholinergics for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
Drug details for Anticholinergics for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Bullectomy for COPD - Topic Overview
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) weakens the structure of the lung and may also damage the tiny air sacs (alveoli) in the lung. When these air sacs break down,larger airspaces known as bullae are formed. Bullae sometimes can become so large that they interfere with breathing and may cause complications: They can burst,leading to a collapsed lung ( pneumothorax ). A collapsed lung ...
COPD: Avoiding Weight Loss
Key pointsSome people with severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)-especially those with emphysema-may be underweight and malnourished. People with COPD often lose weight. When you lose weight, you lose muscle mass, including the muscles that help you breathe. This may make breathing more difficult. About 1 in 4 people with COPD weighs too little for good health, and those who are ...
COPD: Avoiding Your Triggers
You can do things at home to manage COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). By learning the triggers for COPD and avoiding them, you can help reduce flare-ups.