Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease or COPD is one of the most commonly occurring lung conditions across the world. Characteristics of this condition include significantly reduced airflow, which tends to decrease further over time. Smoking tobacco, air pollution, and genetic predisposition are the primary causes of COPD. If exposure to these continues, patients are at risk of a significantly shorter lifespan than usual. What is even more unfortunate is that COPD often does not produce very readily apparent symptoms in the early stages. Keep reading to learn more about the signs to be aware of in which case these may be indicative of COPD. If you experience any of these symptoms, seek medical attention as this disease needs to be treated as early as possible for complete recovery.
A chronic cough is the first symptom to appear and typically will not go unnoticed. If you develop COPD, you will begin coughing excessively, with no respite for weeks. The weeks extend to months, and then years even. For smokers, the term smoker’s cough describes this symptom. You may not take it seriously, thinking it is a standard, natural byproduct of the tobacco exposure, but it could be a grave health condition.
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