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Can Asthma Cause COPD – Differences & Similarities

Asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD are two common health issues with the respiratory systems. They have some very similar symptoms and can be triggered by the same causes. In fact, many people often experience both conditions at the same time. But does it mean that they are related to each other? Keep reading and take a closer look at some differences and similarities between COPD and asthma.

What is Asthma?

Asthma is a respiratory condition that causes sensitive, swollen airways. The inflammation makes these areas more susceptible to allergens and increases the production of mucus. As a result, you might feel more difficult to inhale and exhale during these attacks. Fortunately, the condition can be reversible with some medical treatments or home remedies. Some typical signs include coughing, trouble breathing, chest rattling, and heaviness in the lung, wheezing sounds, or panic. The duration and severity of each asthma attack can vary, depending on the exact triggers. In some severe cases, hospitalization might be needed to prevent fatal complications. [1]