Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD refers to several long-term lung conditions. These conditions block airflow and make breathing difficult. Long-term exposure to pollution or chemical fumes and smoking, often leads to COPD.
These factors lead to inflammation in the lungs. This causes damage to the airways and the air sacks which allow oxygen from the air into the bloodstream. The main symptoms include ongoing moist cough and shortness of breath. This is especially noticable during physical activity. There can also be wheezing and tightness in the chest. You may feel like you lack energy. Unfortunately COPD usually gets worse over time.
You can slow the progress of the disease by stopping smoking. Good move. Currently there are no cures to COPD. However there are medications to help you control symptoms. Simple lifestyle changes can also help you manage the condition.