When you have COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), certain things can make your symptoms worse. These are called triggers. They include:
Not all people have the same triggers. What may cause symptoms in one person may not be a problem for another person.
Triggers can make it harder for your lungs to work as they should and can lead to sudden difficulty breathing and other symptoms. When you are around a trigger, a COPD flare-up is more likely. If your symptoms are severe, you may need emergency treatment or have to go to the hospital for treatment.
If you know what your triggers are and can avoid them, you can reduce how often you have flare-ups and how much COPD affects your life. It's also important to be active and to take your daily medicines as prescribed. This helps prevent flare-ups too.
The first thing is to know your triggers.
When you are having symptoms, note the things around you that might be causing them. Then look for patterns in what may be triggering your symptoms. When you have your list of possible triggers, work with your doctor to find ways to avoid them.
Here are some ways to avoid a few common triggers.
Do not panic if you start to have a COPD flare-up.
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Current as of: March 25, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Hasmeena Kathuria, MD - Pulmonology, Critical Care Medicine, Sleep Medicine
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