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Helping you to manage your COPD

COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) describes a group of lung conditions that make it difficult to empty air out of the lungs because the airways have become narrowed but what does it actually mean?

Chronic = it’s a long-term condition and does not go away

Obstructive = your airways are narrowed, so it’s harder to breathe out quickly and air gets trapped in your chest

Pulmonary = it affects your lungs

Disease = it’s a medical condition

COPD usually develops because of long-term damage to your lungs from breathing in a harmful substance, usually cigarette smoke, as well as smoke from other sources and air pollution. Jobs where people are exposed to dust, fumes and chemicals can also contribute to developing COPD.

The British Lung Foundation provides lots of information on managing lung issues including COPD and any flare ups associated with the condition. You can find it all by clicking HERE.