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This website gives a brief overview of asthma and COPD, what happens in the lungs and how treatments work. Neither condition can be cured, but you’ll find there are lots of ways to keep symptoms under control, some of which you can do for yourself.
Asthma and COPD are both long-term conditions that affect your airways – the small tubes carrying air in and out of your lungs.
While both asthma and COPD cause shortness of breath, there are differences in symptoms that can help you tell them apart:
This kind of breathlessness varies across the time of day, and from day to day, and can wake you up at night.More about asthma >
This kind of breathlessness doesn’t go away and gets progressively worse over time.More about COPD >
If the information you’re looking for isn’t here, Asthma UK or the British Lung Foundation are charities set up to give you information, advice and support: