Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is also called COPD. It is a lung illness. With this, air is blocked from coming out of your lungs as you breathe out. The lung is damaged and slowly loses its function. This makes breathing hard. There is no cure and it often gets worse over time. There are drugs you can take and things you can do to make it better. Smoking for a long time is often a cause of this illness. COPD includes: Damage to the air sacs of the lungs. This is emphysema. Swelling and irritation in the large airways of the lungs that will never fully go away. This is chronic bronchitis.