What are the Symptoms of Advanced COPD?

The primary symptom of an acute exacerbation of COPD has increased breathlessness which is often accompanied by increased cough, a change in the color, thickness, or amount of mucus or sputum production, wheezing, chest tightness, and fever. The most popular symptom is experiencing shortness of breath. You may always feel excessively sleepy or confused and have low level of oxygen in the blood.

For the advanced symptoms of COPD, they can be much more severe and life-threatening. Some COPD exacerbation symptoms require emergency care, such as confusion, severe headache, difficulty walking even short distance and a hard time catching your breath.

Advanced COPD symptoms may vary with each individual. One of the most common advanced COPD symptoms is a bluish tint to the patient’s skin. This discoloration may include finger and toe nails, feet, hands and lips. This is mostly caused by a lack of oxygen in the blood. Another advanced COPD symptom is weight loss. Later-stage sufferer usually rely on oxygen therapy for the sake of shortness of breath. Flare-ups from the disease are increasingly serious, even deadly.

Keep it in mind that end stage of COPD is very dangerous.

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