What is COPD?
COPD stands for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. This is a term used for a number of conditions; including chronic bronchitis and emphysema. COPD leads to damaged airways in the lungs, causing them to become narrower and making it harder for air to get in and out of the lungs. The word 'chronic' means that the problem is long-term.
The type and severity of your COPD symptoms may differ from other people with the same disease.
The symptoms of COPD include:
- coughing up phlegm
COPD flare-ups or exacerbations are times when your symptoms become noticeably worse for 48 hours or more or when new symptoms develop.
Whether or not you are feeling any symptoms, COPD is a chronic condition that is always with you. COPD must be routinely treated every day as directed by your doctor.
Adapted from http://copd.ie/about-copd/symptoms-of-copd/ (date accessed July 2018)
Please note that this information does not constitute personal medical advice. Please talk to your healthcare provider (e.g. GP, nurse) if you have any questions on how to manage your COPD)