COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is a long-term inflammatory lung condition that causes restricted airflow. Breathing difficulties, cough, mucus (sputum) production, and wheezing are some of the most noticeable symptoms of this condition. COPD is mostly caused by long-term exposure to irritating gases or particulate matter. Smoking cigarettes is undoubtedly one of the most common causes of COPD. The condition increases the chance of other diseases such as heart disease, lung cancer, and other cancers, making it exceedingly fatal.
You need to look for the following symptoms if you think you have COPD and get treatment at the earliest if these symptoms don't get better over time.
• Difficulty in breathing
• Feeling tight in the chest
• Shortness of breath
• Chronic cough that is accompanied by mucus
• Sudden weight loss
• Respiratory conditions
• Swelling in body parts like legs and arms
Some ways that COPD can be treated include making major lifestyle changes such as quitting smoking completely, avoid exposure to gases and fumes, following a healthy and nutritious meal plan, and moderate exercises to keep the body fit. COPD patients should also include more vegetables, fruits, grains, and proteins in their daily diet. In addition, they need to follow healthy eating habits like eating 5-6 times in small amounts rather than eating 3 large meals.