02/24/2011 08:42 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

10 Ways To Keep Air Clean At Home

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is serious, but there's no reason you can't enjoy life after a diagnosis.

"COPD stands for two processes that almost always occur together: chronic bronchitis, which is inflammation of the airways, and emphysema, which is destruction of the fine substance of the lung," explains Norman Edelman, M.D., chief medical officer of the American Lung Association.

Take these simple steps to keep irritants out of your airways. They can help stop trouble before it gets started.