Have the CHAT

Recognise the symptoms of A
COPD
EXACERBATION
C
Coughing more than usual.
H
Harder to breathe than usual.
You are finding it harder to do your usual daily activities and may be taking more reliever medicine than you usually would.
A
Any change in sputum (phlegm) colour and/or volume.
Sputum (also known as phlegm or mucus) is often white. If it changes to a different colour such as yellow, brown or green, it can mean there is an infection. (Please note: sometimes people with chronic lung disease will have discoloured sputum even when they are well). A change in volume of sputum can also be signs of an exacerbation (you might be coughing up more or less than usual).
T
Tired more than usual (less active).
You have less energy and can do less than usual, and may feel like you need more rest. Your sleep and/or appetite may be affected.
If you have these, ‘Have the CHAT’ with your doctor.
Stay well and out of hospital