COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) - Symptoms
When you have
- You have a cough that won't go away.
- You often cough up
- You are often short of breath, especially when you exercise.
- You may feel tightness in your chest.
Many people with COPD have attacks called
"egg-ZASS-er-BAY-shuns"). This is when your usual symptoms
quickly get worse and stay worse. A COPD flare-up can be dangerous, and you may
have to go to the hospital.
- Coughing up more
mucus than usual.
- A change in the color or
thickness of that mucus.
- More shortness of breath than
- Greater tightness in your chest.
These attacks are most often caused by infections—such as
acute bronchitis and
pneumonia—and air pollution.
your doctor to make a plan for
dealing with a COPD flare-up. If you are prepared, you
may be able to get it under control. Try not to panic if you start to have a flare-up.
Quick treatment at home may help you manage serious breathing problems.