COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) - Symptoms
When you have
COPD: You have a cough that won't go away. You often cough up mucus. You are often short of breath, especially when you exercise. You may feel tightness in your chest. COPD exacerbation
Many people with
COPD have attacks called flare-ups or exacerbations (say "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 usual. Greater tightness in your chest.
These attacks are most often caused by infections-such as
acute bronchitis and pneumonia-and air pollution.
Work with 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.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
September 09, 2014
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