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COPD is short for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. It means having lungs with narrow pathways struggling to carry the oxygen you're trying to breathe into and out of your lungs.
Those pathways often become irritated, a form of self-defense to the gases and other unpleasant stuff that comes from pollutants in the affected person's living space. Medical professionals call this condition "inflamed." The areas of inflammation usually become blocked up with fluids and mucus. That makes breathing even harder to do.
It feels like having bronchitis 24/7 because the tiny alveoli in the lungs (they resemble the florets of broccoli) lose their strength for moving oxygen in and out of the lungs. COPD tends to worsen over time. Affected people cough up unusual amounts of gooey mucus. Indeed, they might develop chronic bronchitis or even emphysema.
What causes COPD in the first place? Many types of air pollution, smoking, chemical fumes, or even excessive dust can cause the narrowed airways of COPD. One thing can almost certainly make COPD worse. Read on to prevent that from happening.
Medical professionals at Johns Hopkins Hospitals announced a while back that
Lung disease experts at Johns Hopkins are calling for physicians to show much greater caution in prescribing inhaled corticosteroid drugs for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease after finding evidence that the widely used anti-inflammatory medications increase the risk of pneumonia by a full third."
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