People get used to living with COPD. It’s possible to live a long time with this condition. Most of the time, your usual ways of taking medicine and using oxygen, if your doctor has recommended it, will allow you to function pretty well.
Sometimes, however, people with COPD have what are called “exacerbations” or “flare-ups.” An exacerbation is when your COPD symptoms suddenly get worse and you need medical attention. You may need to be admitted to the hospital until your symptoms are under control. COPD has four different levels; COPD exacerbations in Grade 3 and Grade 4 can be very serious, even life-threatening.