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Types of COPD

COPD includes both chronic bronchitis and emphysema.

With chronic bronchitis, your airways become swollen and can be filled with mucus, which can make you cough, spit up mucus and make it hard to breathe.

With emphysema, the air sacs (alveoli) in your lungs are damaged which can make it hard for you to exhale as the air gets trapped inside your lungs. This can make you short of breath.