Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Exacerbation

ExitCare Image Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a lung disease. The lungs become damaged, making it hard to get air in and out of your lungs. COPD exacerbation means that your COPD has gotten worse. If you do not get help, this can be a life-threatening problem.


  • Do not smoke.

  • Avoid tobacco smoke and other things that bother your lungs.

  • If given, take your antibiotic medicine as told. Finish the medicine even if you start to feel better.

  • Only take medicines as told by your doctor.

  • Drink enough fluids to keep your pee (urine) clear or pale yellow.

  • Use a cool mist machine (vaporizer).

  • If you use oxygen or a machine that turns liquid medicine into a mist (nebulizer), continue to use them as told.

  • Keep up with shots (vaccinations) as told by your doctor.

  • Exercise regularly.

  • Eat healthy foods.

  • Keep all doctor visits as told.


  • You are very short of breath.

  • You have trouble talking.

  • You have bad chest pain.

  • You have blood in your spit (sputum).

  • You have a fever, or you keep throwing up (vomiting).

  • You feel weak, or you pass out (faint).

  • You feel confused.

  • You keep getting worse.


  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.