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World COPD Day: 5 common risk factors of COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)

Not just outdoor pollution, risk of COPD also increases due to indoor pollution!

Written by Bhavyajyoti Chilukoti | Published : November 22, 2016 1:30 PM IST

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Copd Risk Factors

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a chronic condition, which can only be managed and not cured. Genetics and cigarette smoking are the common causes of COPD but a few factors put you at risk of COPD. Dr Sonu Singh, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Specialist, AktivOrtho sheds light on some of the common risk factors of COPD.

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Passive-smoking

Secondhand smoke: We all know that smoking is dangerous for the lungs. However, not many people know that secondhand smoke can further worsen the lung problem. People exposed to passive smoking for an extended period are more likely to have breathing problems and respiratory disease like emphysema.

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Viral-infections

Bacterial and viral infections: Yes, even bacterial and viral infections can increase your risk of suffering from COPD as these are one of the leading causes of exacerbation. Moreover, it may contribute to the pathogenesis and progression of COPD requiring urgent medical attention. Also Read - 5 Superfoods For Full Body Detox

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Air Pollution

Air pollution: Air pollution can make COPD worse as it increases the risk of flare-ups or develops new episodes of COPD. So try not to go outside whenever the level of air pollutants are high and if needed, go out only when it is bright as sunlight lowers the exposure to harmful pollutants.