(HealthDay News) -- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is an umbrella term for chronic lung diseases that can severely undermine breathing. Examples include chronic bronchitis or emphysema.
The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute offers these suggestions for helping you manage COPD symptoms:
- Avoid things that are irritating to the lungs, such as cigarette smoke, air pollution, chemical fumes and dust.
- Work with your doctor for ongoing care and treatment. Continue to take COPD medications exactly as prescribed.
- Be prepared for a health emergency. Contact your doctor if symptoms worsen.
- Discuss with your doctor any COPD-related anxiety, depression or stress.