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What are the symptoms of stage III chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)?

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If you're in stage III of COPD, you typically get problems like:

  • Flare-ups more often
  • More shortness of breath
  • Tired more easily
  • Worse coughing and more mucus
  • Colds more often
  • Swelling in your ankles, feet, and legs
  • Tightness in your chest
  • Trouble taking a deep breath
  • Wheezing, rapid breathing, and other breathing issues when doing basic tasks

From: Stage III (Severe Stage) COPD WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease: "What You Can Do About a Lung Disease Called COPD."

Oklahoma Department of Human Services: "Stages of COPD and Spirometric Classifications."

NIH, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "COPD."

Medscape: "Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Signs of Respiratory Distress."

American Thoracic Society: "COPD Today," "Exacerbation of COPD."

YourLungHealth.org: "Stages of COPD."

Cleveland Clinic: "Nutritional Guidelines for People with COPD."

COPD Foundation: "Exercise for Someone with COPD."

American Lung Association: "Supplemental Oxygen."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on February 19, 2018

SOURCES:

Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease: "What You Can Do About a Lung Disease Called COPD."

Oklahoma Department of Human Services: "Stages of COPD and Spirometric Classifications."

NIH, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "COPD."

Medscape: "Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Signs of Respiratory Distress."

American Thoracic Society: "COPD Today," "Exacerbation of COPD."

YourLungHealth.org: "Stages of COPD."

Cleveland Clinic: "Nutritional Guidelines for People with COPD."

COPD Foundation: "Exercise for Someone with COPD."

American Lung Association: "Supplemental Oxygen."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on February 19, 2018

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