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What is the difference between COPD and Pneumonia?

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O. Bickis

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O. Bickis, Corporate employee, MBA, Stockton

Answered Oct 14, 2020

First of all, the full meaning of COPD is Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. It is a chronic inflammatory disease of the lung, which causes long term breathing and poor airflow problems. This is the leading cause of mortality and morbidity from respiratory illness in the world. The common causes of COPD include smoking, chemical and dust penetration into the system through breathing, and alpha1 antitrypsin.

The symptoms of COPD also include weight loss, tiredness, cough, wheezing, and shortness of breath, chest tightness, or swelling of the ankle. On the other hand, pneumonia is a fungal, viral, or bacterial infection, either one of the two lungs. This leads to the inflammation of alveoli, and it makes breathing difficult.

Streptococcus pneumonia is the popular cause of bacterial pneumonia; respiratory viruses are the major cause of viral pneumonia, while people with a weak immune system can develop fungal pneumonia. The common symptoms of pneumonia include shortness of breath, chest pain, and cough with mucus, chills, sweating, and fever.

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Answered Oct 13, 2020

COPD stands for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. it is a chronic inflammatory disease that causes poor airflow and long-term breathing problems. The two most common conditions that contribute to COPD are emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Causes of COPD include: smoking, dust, and chemical.

The complications of COPD are chronic oxygen deficiency, respiratory failure, respiratory infection, and increased pressure in the lungs, etc. Common symptoms include shortness of breath, chest pain cough with mucus.

Pneumonia is caused by bacterial, viral or fungal infection in one or both lungs. It causes inflammation in the alveoli. The main types of pneumonia include bacterial pneumonia, viral pneumonia, mycoplasma pneumonia, and fungal pneumonia. It is contagious while fungal pneumonia is not contagious. The treatment depends on the type of pneumonia.

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Barry Mclean

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Barry Mclean, Sales Manager, MBA, Ewa

Answered Oct 12, 2020

COPD and pneumonia are two health conditions that a person can have. COPD is an abbreviation, which means Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. This disease is a lung disease that is permanent. When this disease occurs, it causes breathing problems because the airflow is restricted.

For people that die from respiratory illnesses, this is the main reason for their death. Pneumonia is inflammation in the alveoli. When this occurs, the alveoli fill with fluid and pus. It also in the lungs, for pneumonia is a bacterial infection that can occur in one lungs or both. This condition can also threaten a person's life.

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O.Olivia

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Answered Feb 24, 2020

The symptoms between COPD and pneumonia are similar. COPD stands for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. It is a permanent inflammatory lung disease, which causes a lack of airflow as well as breathing problems. It is the principal cause of death from respiratory illnesses. Emphysema and chronic bronchitis are the two most common conditions that exacerbate COPD.

The most common three different types of pneumonia cause various problems. Pneumonia is a viral or fungal or bacterial infection in one or both lungs. It causes inflammation in the alveoli, which fills up with pus or fluid. This condition can make breathing seem like an impossible task. The symptoms of pneumonia can be mild or life-threatening.

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