World COPD Day -15 November 2017

Introduction

World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Day or  World COPD day is celebrated on 15 November 2017. It aims to raise the awareness about COPD disease. COPD is a lung disease. It creates trouble for normal breathing. COPD is not curable but treatment can reduce the risk of adversities & death.

 

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Causes

The major cause of COPD is smoking. Smoking not only affects the smoker but also the people around them. It is also caused because of indoor and outdoor air pollution. Further occupational dust and exposure to chemical and chemical fumes also worsen the condition.

Symptoms

COPD can reflect one or more of the following symptoms. It is advisable to contact health care experts, in case you have these symptoms.

  • Shortness of breath
  • Wheezing
  • Chest tightness
  • Chronic cough
  • Mucus with a cough
  • Blueness of lips
  • Blueness of  fingernail beds
  • Respiratory infections on the request basis
  • Energy loss
  • Unintended weight loss
  • Swelling in feet, ankles or legs

 

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Preventions

As said, prevention is better than cure and for the disease which cannot be cured, prevention is a must. Thus, to prevent it-

  • Avoid active & passive smoking.
  • Use mask in outdoors to avoid outdoor pollution, dust, and chemicals
  • Avoid going in outdoors especially during heavy pollution, smog etc.
  • Consumer green vegetables & healthy diet to minimize the risk of infection.

Complications of COPD

COPD can result in respiratory infection such as cold and pneumonia. It may increase the blood pressure and if worsen, may result in major cardiac problems and life-threatening problems like lung cancer.

COPD day aims to spread awareness to the general public about this disease. Awareness can avoid the problem or helps in early detection as the people will become cautious. The COPD day also promotes the measure to prevent it, thus providing a healthy living across the globe.

 

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