The early signs of COPD include:
Once COPD has been diagnosed, recognizing worsening signs and symptoms is an important part of managing your illness so that treatment, which will preserve lung function in the long term, can begin quickly. Accurate and timely assessment of symptoms also can help healthcare providers determine whether treatment should begin at home, the physician's office, or the emergency room.
You are the best person to recognize early warning signs. However, some changes are more likely to be noticed by other people, so it is important to show family members and those close to you the following list.
Call immediately if:
Call within six to eight hours if shortness of breath is mild to moderate or wheezing does not stop or decrease with inhaled bronchodilator treatments one hour apart.
Call within 24 hours if you notice one or more of the following severe respiratory symptoms:
Last reviewed on 11/9/09
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