Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a lung disease that makes it hard to breathe. COPD is caused by damage to the lungs from years of smoking. Symptoms include coughing and wheezing. Quitting smoking is the single most important thing you can do to treat COPD. For financial assistance with managing your condition, see our page on Free & Discounted Services.
Managing Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) can be a confusing experience for newly diagnosed patients and their caregivers. To learn about the specific kinds of providers that might make up your health care team, as well as the services, programs, support groups, and organizations that can help you manage, visit the Managing Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) page.
These sites allow patients to discuss their experiences with illnesses, treatments, and other health matters. Any information or opinions posted are those of the forum users themselves and are not a substitute for professional medical advice.
Mobile apps and tools give you easy-to-use information and resources that can help you get and stay healthy. For tips on choosing apps, see How to Choose a Good Health App by The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.
EPA AIRNow shows air quality information for your location, updated in real time. Free. iOS.
The QuitGuide and QuitSTART apps support smokers working to become smokefree. Users can track cravings, set goals and reminders, and stay motivated with inspirational messages. Free. iOS, Android.
Resources selected by Linda Johnsen, Independent-Chapel Hill,
Last reviewed January 17, 2023