COPD causes your airways to get narrower. That makes it harder for your lungs to clear out mucus. And that mucus makes an inviting home for the germs that cause lung infections.
These infections also cause more shortness of breath and coughing when you have COPD than they would otherwise.
If you have COPD and symptoms of acute bronchitis or pneumonia, you should see your doctor.
Symptoms of acute bronchitis include:
Symptoms of pneumonia include:
You may need to take antibiotics and other medicines to prevent the problem from getting worse.
|Primary Medical Reviewer||E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||Ken Y. Yoneda, MD - Pulmonology|
|Last Revised||November 29, 2011|
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