Are you at risk for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)? Over time, exposure to lung irritants like tobacco smoke or chemicals can damage your lungs and airways. This disease, which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis, can make it hard to do simple daily tasks. Common symptoms of COPD include:
- Shortness of breath
- Trouble taking deep breaths
- Frequent coughing or wheezing
- Excess phlegm or sputum
- Chest tightness
- Fatigue and low energy levels
These symptoms can vary in severity and may not be present in everyone with COPD. If you experience breathing-related concerns, it’s best you consult your primary care provider for an accurate diagnosis and treatment. Early detection of COPD may change its course and progress. Find a primary care provider.