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Prevention and Education

If you notice signs of a chronic condition or suspect a developing respiratory problem, contact your physician for more instructions or a referral to a pulmonary specialist.


  • Change in amount or color of mucus (yellow, green or bloody)
  • Increased shortness of breath, wheezing or coughing
  • Fever or chills
  • Swollen hands, lower legs, ankles or feet
  • Difficulty breathing

With asthma or COPD, if you experience continuous shortness of breath for 24-48 hours that is not addressed by current medication, contact your physician. Early treatment is better than late treatment. Contacting your physician may eliminate the need for hospitalization.

You can get more information on respiratory conditions from the American Lung Association.

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