Advancing COPD can have a serious impact on a person’s daily activities. Increased shortness of breath is experienced during exercise, even when it’s moderate. Flare-ups or exacerbations are more frequent, as is coughing and mucus production. Later-stage sufferers often rely on oxygen therapy, and flare-ups from the disease are increasingly serious, even deadly.
Even though there is no cure for COPD, there are many things that you can do to help ease your symptoms and even slow progression of the disease for a better quality of life.