COPD, which stands for chronic pulmonary obstructive disorder, is a chronic, progressive lung disease that makes it difficult to breathe. Although it is not curable, it is treatable, and steps can be taken to prevent more damage and maximize the remaining functioning of the lungs.
Symptoms of COPD include chronic cough, shortness of breath while doing everyday activities, frequent respiratory infections, fatigue, blueness of the lips or fingernail beds, producing a lot of mucus, and wheezing.
There are many things that people at risk of COPD can do, including:
– Quit smoking
– Avoid exposure to pollutants
– Visit your doctor on a regular basis
– Take precautions against the flu, including vaccination
Remember: Don’t wait for symptoms to become severe because valuable treatment time could be lost. Early detection of COPD is key to successful treatment
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