What is COPD?

COPD is a progressive lung disease that makes it harder to breathe over time.

The term COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary lung disease) includes two different lung conditions: chronic bronchitis and/or emphysema.

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Bronchitis causes a swelling of the airways. It typically causes a phlegmy cough and wheezing, and can make it hard to breathe.

Emphysema involves damage to the air sacs in the lungs. It can cause shortness of breath and a tight feeling in the chest.

Your doctor may perform a COPD test called spirometry that measures how much air your lungs can hold and how forcefully you can breathe out.

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While there is no cure for COPD, it is manageable—typically through a combination of proper medication and positive lifestyle changes.

What are the causes and symptoms of COPD?

At first, COPD symptoms may be mild, but over time they get worse. The primary cause of COPD is prolonged exposure to irritants that damage the lungs. The following are common symptoms and known causes of COPD.

COPD symptoms


Persistent coughing, sometimes called "smoker's cough"

Shortness of breath

Wheezing and tightness in the chest when breathing

Excess production of mucus in the lungs

COPD causes


Smoking—the largest contributing factor for developing COPD

Environmental exposure (chemicals, air pollution, secondhand smoke)

Genetic factors (specifically alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency)

History of severe childhood respiratory infections

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