Information on COPD

COPD is a lung disease in which the lung is damaged, making it difficult to breathe. In COPD, the airways (the tubes that carry air in and out of your lungs) are partly obstructed, making it difficult to get air in and out.
 
Cigarette smoking is the most common cause of COPD. Most people with the condition are smokers or former smokers. Breathing in other kinds of lung irritants, like pollution, dust, or chemicals, over a long period of time may also cause or contribute to COPD.
 
COPD symptoms typically include:
 
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Wheezing.
     
There is no cure for COPD. The damage to your airways and lungs cannot be reversed, but there are things you can do to feel better and slow the damage to your lungs. If you are a smoker, the single most important thing you can do to reduce your risk of developing COPD and slow the progress of the disease is to quit smoking.
 
(Click COPD for a more in-depth look at important COPD information. This article discusses what happens to the lungs in people who have COPD, describes possible symptoms of this disease, and explains how a doctor will make a diagnosis.)
 

Information on COPD

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