COPD

quit smoking2Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a condition that affects your lungs and makes it hard to breathe. COPD includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Symptoms include wheezing, coughing up mucus, and shortness of breath.

COPD can be managed in the following ways:

  • Quit smoking and stay away from tobacco smoke. If you smoke, talk to your doctor about ways to quit. Call the CA Smokers’ Helpline for free guidance and advice.
  • Stay away from dust, pollutants, strong odors, and chemicals.
  • Take your medicines just as your doctor instructed. Usually, your doctor will prescribe daily controller medicines and short acting rescue medicines for treating flare-ups. Make sure you know how to take your medicines properly.

Learn more about how to manage COPD & take care of yourself.

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What is COPD?

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Living with COPD

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COPD Resource Guide

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Know your COPD Medicines
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Lung Function Questionnaire
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