Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease also known as COPD is a long term lung disease that blocks the airflow. It also may cause other diseases such as emphysema, chronic bronchitis and asthma.
Some things that cause COPD
- Tobacco smoke is a key factor that causes a development and progression of COPD.
- Air pollutants at home or in any work space.
- Current or former smokers
- People with a history of asthma
Signs and Symptoms
- Breathing difficulty
- Frequent coughing
-Mucus (sputum) production
- Tightness in chest
- Shortness in breath especially during physical activities
- Difficulty walking
- Memory loss
- Blueness of fingers and lips
- Swelling in ankles, feet, or legs
- Unintended weight loss
- Lack of energy
Healthy Lungs/ Lung After smoking
- Requires careful and through evaluation from a physician.
- Treatments for COPD can reduce the high risk of death.
- For smokers the best way is to stop smoking.
- Removing air pollutants from home, work space, and any other frequent areas that the patients spends the most of his or her time.
- Symptoms dealt with coughing and wheezing can be treated with medication.
- Avoid inhaling tobacco smoke and home and work space air pollutants
- If you have breathing problems then they should take a test to detect if they have COPD or not.