What is COPD - Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease?
COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is an inflammatory lung disease. It constricts the airways and makes it hard to breathe. COPD is an overarching term that applies to two different lung conditions, emphysema, and chronic bronchitis.
Emphysema is an ailment in which the air sacs of the lungs, as well as the walls between them, become damaged and less flexible. This damage causes small airways in the lungs to collapse and trap air, inhibiting the air's ability to be pushed out on an exhale.
Asthma Has the Harshest Impact on Children
Home Remedies to Reduce Asthma Flare-Ups
While there is no known cure for asthma, and attacks can be potentially life threatening, asthma symptoms can be managed by both learning how to keep from having flare ups and how to manage a flare up when it does occur. During an asthma attack the airways become inflamed, the bronchial tubes constrict, adjacent muscles simultaneously contract and the body produces extra mucus that clogs the air passages. All this results in making it very difficult to breathe properly.