Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) makes breathing increasingly more difficult. But it develops slowly over many years and you may not be aware you have it at first.
Most people with COPD don't have any noticeable symptoms until they reach their late 40s or 50s.
Common symptoms of COPD include:
The symptoms will usually get gradually worse over time and make daily activities increasingly difficult, although treatment can help slow the progression.
Sometimes there may be periods when your symptoms get suddenly worse known as a flare-up or exacerbation. It's common to have a few flare-ups a year, particularly during the winter.
Less commonsymptoms of COPD include:
These additional symptoms only tend to occur when COPD reaches a more advanced stage.
See your GP if you have persistent symptoms of COPD,particularly if you're over 35 and smoke or used to smoke.
.While there's currently no cure for COPD, the sooner treatment begins, the less chance there is of severe lung damage.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the name for a group of lung conditions that cause breathing difficulties. COPD is a common condition that mainly affects middle-aged or older adults who smoke. Many people don't realise they have it.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) makes breathing increasingly more difficult. But it develops slowly over many years and you may not be aware you have it at first. Common symptoms include shortness of breath, a persistent cough and wheezing, etc.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) occurs when the lungs and airways become damaged and inflamed. It's usually associated with long-term exposure to harmful substances such as cigarette smoke, or fumes at work, etc.
See your GP if you have persistent symptoms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). They may also carry out or arrange for you to have a breathing test called spirometry and some of the other tests like chest x-ray, etc.
If your COPD is affecting your breathing, you'll usually be given an inhaler. This is a device that delivers medication directly into your lungs as you breathe in. If you experience symptoms regularly throughout the day, a long-acting bronchodilator inhaler will be recommended instead.
It's important to take good care of yourself if you have COPD. Some of the main things you'll be advised to do are; take your medication, stop smoking, exercise regularly, maintain a healthy weight, etc.
Read the story of Lynn Ashton, who was diagnosed with COPD after she noticed her breathing was getting worse.
Read the story of Eddie Brownlow, who has diagnosed with COPD after smoking 15 cigarettes a day for most of his life.