Could your ’smoker’s cough’ be a sign of this potentially life-threatening lung condition?

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‘Smokers cough’: It could mark emphysema

Emphysema is when there’s damage to the air sacs in the lungs.

It is business of a group of lung conditions — along with chronic bronchitis — below the umbrella term chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Concurring to the NHS, COPD is a common condition that usually affects middle-aged or older grown-ups who smoke.

In emphysema, it’s when cigarette smoke or other air pollutants — such as dust or rages — damage the walls between air sacs over time and beyond renovation.

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Emphysema: It’s a quintessence of lung condition

COPD affects around 900,000 people in the UK, and there are calculated to be up to two million people undiagnosed.

COPD affects around 900,000 people in the UK, and there are thinking to be up to two million people undiagnosed.

Problems breathing can get gradually worse upwards time, but many sufferers don’t realise they have it.

While the get can’t be cured or reversed, it can normally be kept under control

However, in some crates, it can get worse despite treatment and severely impact on a sufferer’s daily activities, and flush lead to life-threatening problems.

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Chesty cough: One of the autographs of COPD

Those with COPD have an increased risk of pneumonia, COPD nerve failure, GETTY

See your GP: Catching symptoms will mean more essential treatment

Chesty cough

Also commonly known as ‘smoker’s cough’, this is rigid and often with phlegm.

Chest infections

These can begin to upon frequently.

Wheezing

This symptom may become more and more fixed.

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