Exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is defined as an event in the natural course of the disease that is characterized by a change in the patient's baseline dyspnea, cough, or sputum beyond day-to-day variability. An acute exacerbation of COPD is associated with increased frequency and severity of coughing. COPD Exacerbation is also called in Acute Exacerbations Of Chronic Bronchitis (AECB) is a sudden worsening of COPD symptoms that typically last for several days. There is often weakness, fever, and chills. If due to a bacterial infection, the sputum may be slightly streaked with blood and colored yellow or green. Oxygen therapy should be initiated if there is significantly low blood oxygen. High flow oxygen may be harmful in those with an acute exacerbation of COPD.
- Track 1-1 Allergies
- Track 2-2 Pathogens
- Track 3-3 Respiratory Infection
- Track 4-4 Improper Inhaler