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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Asthma Myths That Can Hurt You

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Omega-3s May Ease Asthma Symptoms

Omega-3 fatty acids in foods may reduce symptoms of childhood asthma, while omega-6 fats may aggravate them, a small study suggests. Omega-3s are found in …

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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 …

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What Exactly Is Asthmatic Bronchitis?

“Asthmatic bronchitis” is not an easy term to define. It’s used often enough, but the truth is, it’s not an official medical diagnosis. “It’s really …

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Can People With COPD Get Better?

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease makes it increasingly difficult for a person to breathe. It is not currently possible to cure or reverse the condition …