Pharmacy Clinical Pearl of the Day: COPD vs Asthma

Both asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease cause swelling in the airways that makes it difficult to breathe.

Clinical Pearl of the Day: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) vs Asthma

Explanation:

  • Asthma and COPD are lung diseases.
  • Both cause swelling in the airways that makes it difficult for patients to breathe.
  • With asthma, the swelling is often triggered by something the patient is allergic to, such as pollen or mold, or by physical activity.
  • COPD is the name given to a group of lung diseases that include emphysema and chronic bronchitis.

Reference:

  1. Asthma or COPD? How to Tell the Difference (webmd.com)
  2. copd vs asthma treatment - Bing images