Some other conditions have similar symptoms to COPD, or can accompany it. These include, acute bronchitis, asthma, lung cancer, and bronchiectasis, among others. Symptoms of wheezing, shortness of breath, coughing with phlegm, respiratory infections can be common signs.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is, I think, one of the most misunderstood common lung diseases. It is very important, as it is the 4th most common cause of death in the US, and the only common cause of death that is becoming more common, in contrast to, say, heart disease and many forms of cancer, which are getting better and…