COPD stands for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. It’s a serious lung condition that over time makes it more difficult to breathe.
Which conditions are classified as COPD? Chronic bronchitis and emphysema are the two most common conditions that contribute to COPD.
Chronic bronchitis is a long-term inflammation of the lining of the bronchial tubes, the airways of the lungs. It’s characterized by daily cough and mucus production.
Emphysema is a condition in which the little air sacs of the lungs called alveoli at the end of the smallest air passages of the lungs are destroyed as a result of damaging exposure to things like cigarette smoke and other irritating gases.
Can COPD be stopped? You can’t reverse the damage COPD causes but there are many ways to slow its progression and live a longer, higher-quality life. Some ways to stay healthy include:
- Quit smoking and avoid secondhand smoke when possible. There are several helpful quitting techniques including medications, nicotine replacement, and counseling.
- Eat right and exercise. The shortness of breath that comes with COPD can be improved by improving your fitness level.
- Avoid chemicals. Strongly scented products like perfume, hairspray, and harsh cleaning products can harm your breathing. Opt for scent-free, natural products whenever possible.
- Get a flu vaccine annually. Upper respiratory infections like influenza can lead to serious COPD complications so do your best to stay in good health.
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