Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a progressive lung disease resulting from damage to the small airways in your lungs. As the disease progresses, patients often experience difficulty breathing due to reduced airflow in and out of the lungs.
Chronic Bronchitis and Emphysema are two of the most common chronic health conditions that contribute to COPD. Symptoms may not appear until after lung damage has occurred, and they usually worsen over time, particularly for those who do not stop smoking.
Therapy required to treat COPD may differ, depending on what stage of COPD you are in. For some, little therapy is needed (other than stopping smoking). For more advanced stages of COPD, additional therapy options may be prescribed. There are a variety of effective therapies, including medications, inhalers and nebulizers, and oxygen therapy. These treatments can help manage symptoms, reduce risk of complications and improve your ability to lead a more active life.
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