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What is COPD? How is it different to asthma?

Dr Louisa Draper

"COPD is caused by long-term exposure to gases or particles that irritate your lungs. In 90% of cases, this is from cigarette smoke. Smoking inflames your lungs and over a long period of time they can become damaged and scarred. "

Dr Louisa Draper

COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) is a chronic inflammatory lung disease which causes an obstruction of the airflow to the lungs that makes it hard to breathe. The main conditions responsible for causing this obstruction are emphysema and chronic bronchitis. It is one of the most common respiratory diseases in the UK, affecting around 3 million people.