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What causes a COPD flare-up?

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These flare-ups are often linked to a lung infection caused by a virus or bacteria, such as a cold or some other illness. Smoggy or dirty air can also make your symptoms get worse in a hurry.

It’s important to know the warning signs that a flare-up is coming on so that you can avoid it, if possible. These can cause your COPD to get worse or put you in the hospital.

From: Signs of a COPD Flare-Up WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Breathe: The Lung Association (Canada): “Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease -- Flare-ups.”

COPD Foundation: “Staying Healthy and Avoiding Exacerbations.”

Neil Schachter, MD, professor of pulmonary medicine and medical director of Respiratory Care Department, Mount Sinai Center, New York.

Care Community: “Caring for Others: Breathing Problems.”

European Respiratory Journal : “Standards for the diagnosis and treatment of patients with COPD: a summary of the ATS/ERS position paper.”

National Lung Health Education Program: “Lung -- COPD and Asthma.”

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "COPD: Learn More Breathe Better."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on March 14, 2019

SOURCES:

Breathe: The Lung Association (Canada): “Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease -- Flare-ups.”

COPD Foundation: “Staying Healthy and Avoiding Exacerbations.”

Neil Schachter, MD, professor of pulmonary medicine and medical director of Respiratory Care Department, Mount Sinai Center, New York.

Care Community: “Caring for Others: Breathing Problems.”

European Respiratory Journal : “Standards for the diagnosis and treatment of patients with COPD: a summary of the ATS/ERS position paper.”

National Lung Health Education Program: “Lung -- COPD and Asthma.”

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "COPD: Learn More Breathe Better."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on March 14, 2019

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