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COPD Signs to Get Medical Help Quickly

By Kevin Felner, Meg Schneider

Part of COPD For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Be on the lookout for COPD signs that require medical attention either from your doctor or a trip to the emergency room. If your meds just don’t seem to be helping, or your symptoms suddenly get worse it’s time to get medical help. Use these tips to decide when you should call your doctor or go to the hospital:

Call your doctor if:

  • Your coughing gets worse.

  • You cough up more mucus than usual.

  • Your mucus is yellow, green, or brown.

  • You have a fever.

  • You have a hard time catching your breath.

Call 911 if:

  • You have difficulty walking or talking.

  • Your lips or fingernails look blue or gray.

  • Your heart is beating very fast, or your heartbeat is irregular.

  • Your breathing is hard and fast, and using your medicines doesn’t help.

  • You’re progressively feeling less improvement after using your rescue inhalers.