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When you have
COPD, it’s easier for you to get lung infections like
pneumonia. If you are still smoking, the risk may be
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.
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
Symptoms of acute bronchitis
Symptoms of pneumonia include:
You may need to take antibiotics and other
medicines to prevent the problem from getting
Current as of:
March 12, 2014
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Ken Y. Yoneda, MD - Pulmonology
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