The respiratory disease is usually brought about by external factors. These are including dust, air pollutants, allergens and pollen. These will, especially, attack those exposed to the most intense of these conditions. “Second-hand” – otherwise called the passive cigarette smokers – are also more prone to contracting the menace. Moreover, strong perfumes and other scented products may affect some and bring about the condition.
Changes in weather conditions affect people differently. Recently, there have been a record number of patients reporting for COPD flare-up after diverse weather changes. This is both during changes to extreme cold conditions or during the hot and humid summers.
But even after knowing all these, how will you become aware when you contract the disease? You may experience a hopeless state of breathlessness or shortness of breath from time to time. This may be accompanied by a wheezing sound when you’re breathing to indicate a blockage in your airways.
Patients are also known to have a persistent cough that doesn’t seem to go away even with flu medication. Sometimes patients may have mucus with a different coloring too. Patients suffering from COPD flare-ups have also reported a constant fatigue which brings about an unusual sleep. Others have even claimed to be confused as cognitive impairment comes when the brain is deprived of oxygen.