High pollution makes COPD a common ailment

The Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) was earlier known to be common among smokers, however, the trend does not remain so. It has now become a common ailment across the masses, according to City doctors.

Addressing a press conference, organised on the eve of World COPD Day here on Tuesday, Dr Priya Ramachandra, Pulmanologist, St John’s Medical College Hospital blamed the increasing pollution level for the rise of the disease. “The COPD is not contagious. Those with the ailment have difficulty in breathing. Nearly, 25-50 per cent of the patients are not even aware of its existence,” she added.

“Persistant cough, flem formation, exertion and tiredness on climbing stairs are known to be the typical symptoms,” Priya added.

“It is important to seek medical help at the earliest. Even as there is no known cure to the disease, symptomatic treatment is offered,” she said.

Dr Ravindra Mehta, Chest Physician, Apollo Hospital in Jayanagar said, “People might discount these symptoms as a normal part of getting older, but they can be signs of a serious disease that needs treatment,” he added.

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