Asthma Vs COPD-Is There A Difference?

Asthma
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Asthma Vs COPD

Asthma

Asthma vs COPD

Asthma has some of the following symptoms and more:

  1. Wheezing
  2. Fast heart rate
  3. Chest Tightness
  4. Allergies
  5. Runny Nose
  6. Trouble Sleeping

Asthma causes your airways to become very narrow due to inflamed airways and a influx in mucus production. This makes it very hard for you to breathe.

Things that set off an asthma attack are called “triggers.” Asthma triggers are mostly allergy related, but they can also be chemical related or asthma can be triggered by exercise.

Having a cold or flu can make your symptoms worse. Asthma can be a deadly killer however, it is treatable. Your doctor can prescribe the medicine you need that could save your life.




Most people are prescribed a portable inhaler that they can use in emergency situations.

The exact reason people have asthma isn’t known but there are things that can influence your ability to have asthma.

  1. Atopy- this is when you inherit many allergies from your family.
  2. If people in your family have asthma.
  3. Certain types of the flu and cold can give you asthma in your childhood.
  4. Contact with allergies when you are a baby or when your immune system was devolping.

Asthma is an expensive business as well, in fact every year the cost of asthma is over 56 billion dollars. So there is no wonder why there hasn’t been a cure.

Even though asthma is really old and has been tracked back as far as the time of the pharaohs. For more information on asthma Click Here

 

COPD

Symptoms of COPD

COPD has the following symptoms but not limited to:

  1. Wheezing
  2. Coughing
  3. Chest Tightness
  4. Shortness Of Breath

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD as it is commonly known as, is a term that describes a respiratory system disease that is progressive.

Which mean that the disease will get worse over time.

It is estimated that over twenty four million people in the USA have COPD.  Nearly half of the people who have copd also have asthma.

People that have asthma are more likely to develop COPD than someone without asthma. 50 % of people who have copd don’t even know it.

COPD is triggered by lung infections like influenza (the flu). According  to  NIH COPD symptoms usually only occur in people over forty when they were smokers at some point.

People can also get COPD from outside irritants such as prolonged exposure to smog and pollution.

If copd isn’t bad enough,

it can cause other diseases such as

  1. Insomnia Sinus infections
  2. Mobility problems
  3. Cancer
  4. Depression
  5. High blood pressure
  6. Headaches
  7. Stomach ulcers

Lung treatments do work well for copd but the damage can’t be reversed. COPD can kill you and the main diseases that make up copd are chronic bronchitis and emphysema.

Emphysema 

What Is EmphysemaEmphysema damages the air sacks in the lungs. It will make alveoli very weak and they will rupture.

This makes one big space of air rather than a bunch of smaller ones as alveoli are grouped together.

This lowers the amount of air that is able to go into the blood stream. This damage can not be repaired. Smoking is the number one cause of Emphysema.

Chronic Bronchitis

What Is Bronchitis

Chronic bronchitis causes your tubes that carry air to your lungs to become swollen and inflammation. Bronchitis also cause a cough which can bring up mucus. Chronic bronchitis never goes away and can cause:

  1. Wheezing
  2. Cough
  3. Fever
  4. Shortness Of Breath

 

Quitting smoking can help with the severity of the disease but it never fully goes away.

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