Published on Jul 12, 2018 and last reviewed on Sep 19, 2019 - 2 min read
COPD is becoming increasingly common, especially in developed and developing countries. It is a disease of the lung as a direct result of its irritation due to smoke, dust, and other pollutants.
COPD is an inflammatory lung disease that causes a progressive obstruction of airflow. Long-term exposure to irritants leads to COPD, mainly cigarette smoke, polluted air, toxic fumes, and dust. Although smokers are at high risk, this condition can affect non-smokers too.
Diagnosis is by a combination of the following:
- If you are a smoker, this could be a direct cause of COPD. Quitting smoking and taking an antioxidant-rich diet will help prevent worsening and exacerbation of symptoms.
- If there is exposure to fumes at your place of work, be sure to wear a special mask to protect yourself.
- If you suffer from asthma, or frequent respiratory infections, flu, etc., it is advisable to stay away from cigarette smoke, be it first or second hand.
Treatment involves a combination of lifestyle changes and medicines.
1) Lifestyle changes
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