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COPD Flare-ups

Dangers of Flare-ups

A flare-up can be life-threatening and early action is needed to stop the flare-up before it becomes deadly. It is important to avoid situations that increase your chances of getting an infection such as crowded malls and places where people are coughing and sneezing.

You need to be aware of changes in your “normal” condition and immediately report any signs of a flare-up to your doctor. Remember some flare-ups come on quickly and others slowly develop so don’t delay making the call to your doctor. Quick reaction to flare-ups could greatly reduce the risk of deadly complications.

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