An action plan is a contract between you and your doctor about how you will manage your COPD flare-ups. The goal of this action plan is to quickly detect and treat COPD flare-ups.
Especially watch for a COPD flare-up when:
1. You get a cold or flu. 2. You feel run down or tired. 3. You are exposed to air pollution. 4. After weather changes. 5. When your mood changes; such as feeling down or anxious.
If you have 1 or more of the following symptoms for 1 to 2 days you are having a COPD flare-up:
1. Increased shortness of breath compared to normal. 2. Increased amounts of cough and sputum from normal. 3. Your sputum changes from its normal colour to a yellow, green or rust colour.