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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, according to the COPD Foundation, is an umbrella term used to describe lung diseases such as emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and refractory (non-reversible) asthma. COPD is a progressive disease where inflammation damages tissue and traps air in the lungs. As the disease worsens, it takes longer and longer to exhale. Asthma, a related respiratory condition, is marked by spasms in the bronchi of the lungs, which result in difficulty in breathing. It usually results from an allergic reaction or other forms of hypersensitivity.

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How Do You Get COPD?

COPD is a progressive disease. The causes include smoking, lung irritants, and genetics. Treatment depends on the severity of the condition, and some lifestyle …