COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
COPD describes a group of lung conditions that make it difficult to empty air out of the lungs because the airways have become narrowed. In this section you will find information about what COPD is, the symptoms you might get, and how it’s diagnosed and treated.
We have also included tips about controlling breathing and how to manage flare-ups, also called exacerbations.
- What is COPD?
- How is COPD diagnosed?
- What treatments work?
- Managing your COPD
- Managing COPD flare-ups
Have you just been diagnosed? Read our overview to help you find the information you need.
Find out if there is a Asthma + Lung UK Support group or Singing for Lung Health group running in your area here. Some of our groups are currently meeting online and some are face to face.
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COPD patient passport
Are you receiving the care you're entitled to? Use our COPD patient passport to find out.