Difference Between Asthma & Bronchitis / COPD?
I have a family history of asthma.
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COPD or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is a term that describes worsening lung diseases such as asthma that does not change or improves very briefly, chronic bronchitis / chronic and emphysema. While asthma is a chronic disease caused by inflammation in the respiratory tract, and inflammation that causes the airways to swell and sensitive, so that the airways narrow and the air flows into the lungs is reduced.
The difference between asthma and COPD, both of which are characterized by shortness of breath and narrowing of the airways, usually not much phlegm, wheezing is more prominent in asthma, is more often caused by heredity, and often occurs in young children, while in COPD it is more common. in smokers.
If at this time you feel your breath is often short of breath and often take deep breaths, apart from the possibility of ASMA or COPD, it may be caused by other things, namely:
Stomach acid disorder or GERD which causes stomach acid to rise to the top of the esophagus so that you often feel short of breath, chest pain
Psychological disorders or stress
You should check your condition with a pulmonologist, and bring your X-ray results, so that the doctor can analyze it, because a diagnosis cannot be confirmed only based on one supporting examination, it must be accompanied by a physical examination and an interview of the patient's medical journey, as well as other supporting examinations such as an examination. blood or spirometry if needed.
Some things you can do at home
Avoid cigarette smoke, dust,
Keep the house clean from dust and mites
Get enough rest
Thank you, hopefully useful. dr.Nurmarwiyah