Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a lifelong inflammatory lung disease where the airways in the lungs become swollen and partly blocked. While it can be treated and managed on a day-to-day basis, flare-ups can be potentially life-threatening.
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This is why understanding what a good day looks and feels like with COPD is essential. When you understand this, you can quickly identify when something doesn’t feel right so that you can prepare with the help of your doctor for a potential flare-up. To help arm you with the COPD knowledge you need, below are 9 early warning signs of a COPD flare-up.
Change in Breathing
There are different changes in your breathing that can potentially indicate an impending COPD flare-up. These include:
- Shortness of breath
- Noisy breathing
- Irregular breathing
Shortness of Breath
Take note of any breathing that feels shorter than what’s normal for you. The obstruction of the air passages caused by COPD can make you feel like you’re not getting enough air. In earlier stages of COPD, this shortness usually occurs after exercise, but as COPD progress this shortness can start to occur even at rest. The extra effort required to make up for this shortness of breath can also make you feel more tired than usual.