If you have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), you’ll know just how much a flare or exacerbation can affect you. Knowing when an exacerbation is about to occur is key and recognizing the early warning signs can make a big difference in how quickly you can be treated. Quick treatment can help you get over a flare faster and hopefully keep you out of the hospital. Working with your healthcare team, you can devise a plan of action whereby you know when you need to seek help and what first steps to take to treat an exacerbation before it becomes too severe.
- Coughing more than you normally do
- Wheezing more than you normally do
- Gurgling or rattled breathing
- Experiencing more shortness of breath
- Experiencing more shallow breathing or rapid breathing
- Producing more mucus than usual
- Change in the color of the mucus from clear to green, yellow, tan or bloody
- Excessive sleepiness
- Swelling of the ankles and/or feet
- Loss of appetite
- Blue tinge to lips or fingertips
- Skin yellowing or graying
- Difficulty talking
- Headaches first thing in the morning
- Abdominal pain
- Chest pain
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