COPD Symptoms


Common COPD Symptoms

The most common COPD symptoms are coughing and shortness of breath (dyspnea). For most people, these symptoms tend to appear intermittently at first, then become progressively more severe over time. For instance, it’s common for people with COPD to initially feel out of breath only after periods of physical activity, then eventually even while at rest.

Other symptoms of COPD include:

  • A persistent feeling of tightness in the chest
  • Frequent respiratory infections
  • Fatigue
  • Swelling in the arms, legs and feet
  • A blue tinge to the lips or fingernails (cyanosis)

Most people with COPD experience chronic symptoms that result from inflammation and ongoing lung damage, but can also experience acute episodes triggered by external factors. For instance, symptoms can become more severe after exposure to tobacco smoke or dust.

COPD symptoms can make day-to-day life more difficult. However, while there is no cure for the condition, there are many ways to help alleviate the pain and discomfort and to make certain activities easier. Medications, inhalers, lifestyle changes and pulmonary rehabilitation are all common COPD treatment options. Additionally, stem cell therapy is an alternative treatment that some people undergo to help alleviate their symptoms and improve their quality of life. Stem cells promote the body’s natural healing process and have the potential to slow the progression of the disease, something many traditional treatments can’t accomplish.

If you or a loved one have been looking for ways to help control the symptoms of COPD, contact the Lung Institute at (800) 729-3065 to learn more about your options. We are the only stem cell therapy center focusing exclusively on the treatment of COPD and other lung diseases. Our dedicated team can explain our stem cell procedures that may help you to start breathing easier.

* All treatments performed at Lung Institute utilize autologous stem cells, meaning those derived from a patient's own body. No fetal or embryonic stem cells are utilized in Lung Institute's procedures. Lung Institute aims to improve patients' quality of life and help them breathe easier through the use of autologous stem cell therapy. To learn more about how stem cells work for lung disease, click here.

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