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The primary cause of COPD is due to smoking cigarettes. The majority of people who have COPD smoke or have previously smoked in their lifetime. There are however, other causes of COPD that cause irritation to the lungs and create damage in the lungs. These substances are contained in air pollution, chemical fumes, or... Read all »
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Dyspnea is another term for shortness of breath. This results from due to a lack of oxygen in the bloodstream and is related to problems in the lungs. It manifest as difficult and laboured breathing.
A chronic cough is something that persists and does not go away. The body attempts to clear mucous or other harmful... Read all »
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People who smoke pipes, cigars, and who are exposed to second hand smoke are also placing themselves at a higher risk for development of the disease. Marijuana smoke also has negative effects on the lungs and body and may increase the risk of a person developing COPD.
The exposure to chemical fumes, vapors and... Read all »
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The first step in controlling COPD is to stop smoking. If one continues to smoke, the ability to breathe on one’s own may be entirely lost. The best plan of action to quit smoking if you are having a difficult time quitting is to speak with your health care provider about nicotine patches or medical treatments that... Read all »
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Living in a safe environment is an important part of managing your illness. Being safe inside and outside your home can allow you to carry out your daily activities easier and with less stress and risk of injury. Take all throw rugs off the floors. Install bars for safety in the bathrooms, showers, bathtubs and... Read all »