Signs of Infection or COPD Exacerbation

Common Symptoms:

  • Increased coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath
  • Chest tightness that does not go away with your normal medications
  • Changes in your mucus color, smell or thickness
    • Tan, yellow, green, or red/rusty colored mucus
  • Shallow, or more rapid breathing
  • Fever chills, night sweats
  • Confusion, or feeling more tired than normal
  • Muscle aches, pains or headaches
  • Increased usage of recue inhaler or nebulizer treatments
  • Swelling in your feet or ankles

What do I do?

  • Call your doctor immediately at the first sign of new symptoms!
  • “NIP IT IN THE BUD!” to avoid a more serious illness, or hospitalization.
  • The doctor may order antibiotics and/or steroid medications.


Remember your “Action Plan”, and take care of yourself at the first signs of illness!

2 thoughts on “Signs of Infection or COPD Exacerbation

  1. I had heard about your facility from a neighbor of mine who also has emphysema and I was wondering do you take Gateway insurance? I am really interested in this. Thank you so much

    1. Hi Helaine! Glad you reached out to us. We take all insurances including Gateway and would be happy to help you! Would you like us to give you a call to get you scheduled? Which of our offices are closest to you? (Pulmonary rehab is currently offered at Forest Hills, Monroeville, Warrendale and McMurray). We look forward to talking with you!

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