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!