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What to do in a COPD flare-up

An attack of COPD symptoms, such as increased coughing, wheezing, breathlessness, or a change in the colour of your sputum (phlegm) is called an exacerbation (or flare-up).


If you, or someone you're caring for, start feeling very short of breath when you're still, or feel very restless or drowsy, contact your general practice team urgently or phone 111 for an ambulance.

Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Endorsed by community respiratory physician, Canterbury DHB. Last reviewed May 2017.

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Review key: HICOP-16602