COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)
When you have COPD:
- You have a cough that won't go away.
- You often cough up Reference mucus Opens New Window.
- You are often short of breath, especially when you exercise.
- You may feel tightness in your chest.
Many people with COPD have attacks called flare-ups or Reference 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.
Work with your doctor to make a plan for Reference 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.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference October 16, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference Ken Y. Yoneda, MD - Pulmonology