15th November 2017 is World COPD Day.
COPD, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, is a group of lung conditions that cause difficulty breathing. Two of the better known of these conditions are:
- Bronchitis – long-term inflammation of the airways
- Emphysema – damage to the alveoli (air sacs) in the lungs
It is estimated that there are currently 1.2 million people living in the UK with COPD. This makes COPD the second most common lung disease in the UK after asthma.
- Getting easily short of breath
- Persistent cough
- Wheezing in cold weather
- Frequent chest infections and increased sputum
If you suffer from the above symptoms, it is important to see your GP, particularly if you are over 35 and smoke or used to smoke. The sooner treatment begins, the less chance of your lungs becoming significantly damaged.
If you are concerned about your lungs, why not visit the British Lung Foundation website and take their Breath Test:
British Lung Foundations: www.blf.org.uk
NHS Choices: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD): www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease/Pages/Introduction.aspx