Did you know that May is Asthma awareness month? What does asthma have to do with COPD?
More than you may think. COPD is mistaken for asthma frequently, and that’s because the two can overlap. It’s possible to have a component of both.
The main difference between the two is that COPD is airway obstruction that is not reversible, or not fully reversible. Most cases of asthma are indeed reversible. With that said, there is a fair percentage of people with asthma that cross over that boundary into COPD. In some individuals, years of asthma flare-ups and lung irritation can cause permanent changes in the lungs, leading to COPD.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, asthma negatively impacts quality of life for more than 24 million Americans, including more than seven million children.
Asthma is a serious, sometimes life-threatening health issue that can be triggered by environmental irritants such as smog, smoke and chemicals, as well as contact with substances that generate allergies, including dust mites, cockroaches, molds and pollens. Asthma affects the lungs and causes repeated episodes of wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness and coughing.
This May, let’s join together to increase public awareness of asthma – its symptoms, triggers and treatment — and foster a greater understanding of lung health and how to avoid lung-related diseases.
A source of help and information is our COPD Information Line 866-316-COPD (2673), which is staffed by individuals who are living with COPD and who are well equipped to answer any questions you may have. The line is open from 9AM to 9PM (EST).