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Could chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) be causing your shortness of breath?

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Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a type of lung disease that mainly involves two conditions: long-term bronchitis and emphysema. It's generally caused by smoking. Over time, your lung tissue gets damaged, and you find it harder to draw air in and out of your lungs. Some other signs of COPD are:

  • Coughing
  • Frequent respiratory infections
  • Blue lips or fingernails
  • Fatigue
  • Too much phlegm or mucus
  • Wheezing

From: Why Can't I Breathe? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: "What is Atrial Fibrillation (AFib or AF)?" "Shortness of Breath."

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: "Allergy Shots (Immunotherapy)," "Allergies."

American Lung Association: "Warning Signs of Lung Disease," "Pet Dander," "What Are COPD Symptoms?"

COPD Foundation: "Oxygen Therapy."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "How Is Asthma Treated and Controlled?"

Reviewed by James Beckerman on December 04, 2017

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: "What is Atrial Fibrillation (AFib or AF)?" "Shortness of Breath."

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: "Allergy Shots (Immunotherapy)," "Allergies."

American Lung Association: "Warning Signs of Lung Disease," "Pet Dander," "What Are COPD Symptoms?"

COPD Foundation: "Oxygen Therapy."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "How Is Asthma Treated and Controlled?"

Reviewed by James Beckerman on December 04, 2017

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