Q: I’ve had severe asthma all my life. Am I at risk for developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD?
Bradley Chipps, MD: Not every person with asthma develops COPD; they are two different conditions. However, we are seeing a significant number of patients who have features of both asthma and COPD – and distinguishing between the two is not always easy.
Asthma is an inflammatory lung disease often associated with allergies, and symptoms vary over time and in intensity.