COPD: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

This information is for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), their families, friends and carers.

It provides advice and information about COPD, including what the symptoms are, how it can be treated and what steps you can take to manage your condition and look after yourself.

COPD patient
What is COPD?
COPD stands for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. This page includes information and diagrams to help you understand more about COPD.
What is COPD?
COPD, diagram of lungs
Causes and symptoms of COPD
This page includes information and a video about the causes and symptoms of COPD.
COPD causes and symptoms
Treatment for COPD
Treatments for COPD
If you have COPD, there are a number of treatments that can improve your symptoms, reduce exacerbations (flare-ups) and improve your energy levels.
Treatments for COPD
COPD diagnosis
How is COPD diagnosed?
If you have some or all of the symptoms of COPD, your doctor will want to do some tests. This page will tell you how COPD is diagnosed.
COPD diagnosis
COPD exacerbations
Managing exacerbations
An exacerbation, or flare-up, is where your symptoms suddenly get worse. This page includes information on how to manage exacerbations when they happen.
Managing exacerbations

 

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