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What symptoms do people with COPD usually have?

What symptoms do people with COPD usually have?

Shortness of breath: Typically, patients with COPD have shortness of breath, wheezing, and coughing. Fatigue, decreased energy, and decreased ability to do normal activities are also quite common. Sometimes, patients can get dizziness related to the shortness of breath. If you have these symptoms, definitely see a doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (Copd) (Definition)

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, otherwise known as COPD, may include chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. Chronic bronchitis is the production of increased mucus caused by inflammation. Bronchitis is considered chronic if you cough and produce excess mucus for most days three months out of the year, two years in a row. Emphysema is a disease that damages the air sacs or the smallest breathing tubes in the lungs. COPD is commonly associated with smoking. ...Read more


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Can the weather (i.E. Winter vs. Summer) affect the severity of copd?

No: But it has been observed that COPD flare ups are more common in winter and this is more related to increased chances of pneumonia and flu. Some people with COPD also have allergies that flare in spring and/or fall. ...Read more

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What is best climate for copd, asthma bronkitis, any repiratory disease?

What is best climate for copd, asthma bronkitis, any repiratory disease?

Smoke free: The best bet is to avoid exposure to cigarette smoke & high levels of ambient air pollution. There is no one size fits all answer for this - it depends on each patient's clinical profile and individual characteristics. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me which is the top climate to live in when I have copd?

That depends...: Some people do better in the warm weather, and others are able to tolerate cold just fine. In general, the warm weather is usually a better time for patients with COPD because there are less respiratory viruses hanging around. But, it really depends on the individual. ...Read more

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My 79 year old mother(has copd, on oxygen) is sweating bad, freezing at the same time, what could be causing this to happen?

My 79 year old mother(has copd, on oxygen) is sweating bad, freezing at the same time, what could be causing this to happen?

Anxiety?: COPD patients are generally anxious because they cannot get enough air into their system. Another cause for these symptoms in a 79 year woman, may be post menopausal symptoms. Get her to be checked by her doctor, she may better off with a mild anxiolytics. ...Read more

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Does copd ever go away?

COPD IS CHRONIC: COPD does not resolve. It can and does decompensate with acute bronchitis, bronchospasm, heavy mucus, wheezing, shortness of breath, and pneumonia, and these resolve with proper treatments. But the chronic emphysema changes and the chronic bronchial changes do not disappear. Some aspects can improve, but scarring and narrowing of bronchi and bullae do not improve. ...Read more

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At what level of o2 is it important for me to go to the hospital if I have copd?

At what level of o2 is it important for me to go to the hospital if I have copd?

clinical symptoms: Worsening signs and symptoms extremely short of breath, using accessory muscles of respiration, wheezing, smothering sensation in the chest, rapid respirations, or very shallow braething. These are more important than o2 saturation. Less than 88% is generally considered low in a COPD patient. ...Read more

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Copd (Definition)

COPD may include chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. Chronic bronchitis is the production of increased mucus caused by inflammation. Bronchitis is considered chronic if you cough and produce excess mucus most days for three months in a year, two years in a row. Emphysema is a disease that damages the air sacs and/or the smallest breathing tubes in the lungs. ...Read more


Freezing (Definition)

Freezing is to mean turning liquid into solid form by lowering the temperature. Water begins to freeze at 32 degree f or 0 degree celsius. Freezing reduces the movement of the substance/object--solid. Also commonly used in daily communication--police says to a perpetraitor "freeze" and hopefully the bad boy/girl stays solid/still (just for fun :-)). Have ...Read more