Short for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, the term refers to progressive lung disease that is characterised by increasing breathlessness.

  • Wheezing
  • Chest tightness
  • Increased feelings of breathlessness
  • Frequent coughing
  • Feeling short of breath, especially when engaged in physical activity
  • Clearing your throat of excess mucus first thing in the morning
  • A chronic cough that may produce clear, white, yellow or greenish mucus
  • Blueness of the lips or fingernail beds
  • Lacking in energy
  • Having respiratory infections on a regular basis
  • Swelling in the ankles, feet or legs
  • Unintentional weight loss (as it progresses)

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