Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease


Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is an inflammatory condition that affects the lungs. Whilst the prevalence of COPD in the adult community is high, diagnosis is often not confirmed until COPD symptoms are significant and well progressed.

It is widely accepted that early diagnosis can help to control and prevent rapid progression of the condition. There is no cure for COPD, however, evidence shows that early diagnosis and the implementation of management programs for COPD can reduce the burden of disease, resulting in improved quality of life for sufferers.

Symptoms include:

  • breathlessness after exertion
  • in severe cases, breathlessness even when at rest
  • wheezing
  • coughing
  • coughing up sputum
  • fatigue
  • increase to chest infections

Your local UFS Pharmacy can help you with more information on COPD or for COPD screening.

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