Acute exacerbation of COPD symptoms

Increase in shortness of breath: A person may experience a sudden and severe increase in breathlessness, making even simple activities difficult.

Persistent cough: Coughing may get worse, occur more frequently and produce a greater amount of mucus (sputum).

The color of the sputum may also change, becoming thicker and darker.

Wheezing: The person may experience an increased wheezing or whistling sound while breathing.

Chest tightness or discomfort: There may be a feeling of tightness or pressure in the chest.

Fatigue or malaise: Acute exacerbations can lead to increased fatigue, weakness and a general feeling of unwell.


Acute exacerbation of COPD symptoms