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Smoking is the main cause of COPD. Cigarette smoke damages lung tissue and irritates airways, which makes breathing harder. Smoking also damages cilia in the airways. So, the cilia can’t do their job of clearing mucus, dirt, and germs from the lungs.
COPD refers to lung diseases that limit airflow in and out of your lungs. It includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema.
COPD is chronic, which means there is no cure. Treatment can manage symptoms and slow damage to the heart and lungs.
Tests may be done to check your lungs and breathing. And certain procedures can help relieve symptoms.
An MDI is the most commonly used inhaler in treating lung diseases such as asthma and COPD.
As a chronic condition, COPD affects more than your lungs. Learn how to manage related health problems and live healthier.
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Last updated June 06, 2017