What is COPD?
Often symptoms of COPD can be mistaken as a normal part of ageing. Some of the common symptoms of COPD are:
Shortness of breath
Increased phlegm or mucus
Common causes of COPD
Smoking is the number one cause of COPD in the United States.
Hazardous air pollution
COPD can also be caused by long term exposure to occupational or environmental pollutants.
Flare ups or exacerbations happen when your symptoms increasingly worsen over a short period of time. This can sometimes be caused by infections or air pollution and can lead to:
Poorer lung function
Increased shortness of breath
Decline in quality of life