How Are Cough and COPD Related?

Q: Can COPD lead to severe cough?

A: Cough is one of the main symptoms of COPD. It may be dry or with a large amount of mucus or sputum. There is no doubt that coughing is very annoying and disruptive. Coughing can interfere with social events. Sometimes, it may serve a useful function because deep coughing clears the mucus that clogs your airways, allowing you to breathe more easily.

Q: What treatment can be used?

A: Most importantly, stop smoking to put an end to smoker cough, the dry, hacking cough common among people who smoke tobacco. A deep, productive cough that clears the airways of mucus may replace this dry cough.

Oxygen therapy, which is used mostly for COPD can relieve the symptoms of coughing.

Q: Is emphysema the same as COPD?

A: NO, emphysema is part of COPD. Emphysema and bronchitis are two conditions that make up chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Emphysema is a lung condition that causes shortness of breath. In people who have emphysema, the air sacs in the lungs are damaged. Over time, the inner walls of the air sacs weaken and rupture which create larger air spaces instead of many small ones. This reduce the surface area of the lungs, and the amount of oxygen that reaches your bloodstream. When you exhale, the damaged alveoli don’t work properly, and old air becomes trapped, leaving no room for fresh, oxygen-rich air to enter.

Sometime, most people with emphysema also have chronic bronchitis. Chronic bronchitis is inflammation of the tubes that carry air to your lungs, which leads to a persistent cough.


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