When you have COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease),
certain things can make your symptoms worse. These are called triggers. They
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
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.
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
Here are some ways to avoid a few common triggers.
Do not panic if you start to have a COPD flare-up.
Go to https://www.healthwise.net/patientEd
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Current as of:
August 18, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Hasmeena Kathuria, MD - Pulmonology, Critical Care Medicine, Sleep Medicine
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