Over 32 million Americans suffer from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, also known as COPD. It is a progressive lung disease without a cure. COPD is most commonly caused by smoking or exposure to air pollution, fumes or inhaled irritants. Normally, this disease progresses more quickly in smokers compared to non-smokers. It can be associated with chronic bronchitis, emphysema and asthma.
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Symptoms vary for those suffering from COPD. It can be part of one’s daily life – constant cough, shortness of breathe and/or difficulty catching your breathe. Since COPD is a progressive disease, symptoms will progressively worsen if you do not seek treatment. Some of the most common COPD symptoms include:
Traditional treatments for COPD vary, depending on the severity of the disease, but they can include: