Pulmonary Disease

 Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) may be a preventable and treatable lung disease. People with COPD must work harder to breathe, which may cause shortness of breath and/or feeling tired. Early within the disease, people with COPD may feel in need of breath once they exercise. As the disease progresses, it are often hard to exhale (exhale) or maybe inhale (inhale). A person with COPD may have obstructive bronchiolitis (bron-kee-oh-lite-is), emphysema, or a mixture of both conditions. The amount of each of these conditions differs from person to person. Asthma is another disease that causes narrowing of the airways, making it hard to breathe sometimes, but asthma isn't included within the definition of COPD. Some people do have a mix of both COPD and asthma. Chronic bronchitis is not any longer considered a kind of COPD, although this term remains employed by healthcare providers to explain a patient who features a productive cough for three months in two consecutive years. Obstructive bronchiolitis may be a condition during which chronic inflammation and swelling cause the within of the breathing tubes (airways) to be smaller than normal. This narrowing interferes with how well and the way easily air empties out of the lungs (expiration).  

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