COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) is a lung disease. It consist of emphysema, chronic bronchitis, or both. COPD can make it difficult to breath. And can gradually worsen over time. COPD can be treated, and there are various things that can be applied that may help lesson the symptoms.
When I was a teenager an acute case of bronchitis landed me in the hospital for an entire month. Since then I’ve been careful to avoid irritants and make healthy lifestyle choices.
Things that can worsen COPD symptoms
- · Smoking and being in the company of smokers
- · Colds or the flu
- · Fumes/ car exhausts and perfumes
- · Air pollution
- · Weather changes
- · Cold or humid air
- · Stress and anxiety
Learn what irritants cause your symptoms to worsen. Once you’re knowledgeable of the irritants you can try and avoid them in order to prevent COPD from worsening.
Short of living in a bubble it’s difficult to avoid exposure to all irritants. Wearing a mask can be a means of avoiding various types of exposure.
- · Avoid areas where people are smoking
- · Do not smoke
- · Avoid or wear a mask around people with flu or colds
- · Try not to be around air pollutants
- · Cover your nose and mouth with a scarf when out in cold weather
Eating healthy foods
Eating nutritional foods assist the body in fighting off infections. Various infections such as: chest infections are illnesses that can often land a COPD sufferer in the hospital, so it’s important to diminish the risk of infection by adhering to a healthy diet.
I’ve provided a link below that can provide nutritional guidelines; however, it’s best to consult and work with your doctor concerning your diet.
Weather and temperature changes can effect COPD
Adjusting to the changing weather conditions can be difficult for COPD sufferers. If cold weather is one of your triggers try wearing a scarf or face mask over your nose and mouth. Wearing a scarf or mask while breathing through your nose, helps warm the air before it reaches your lungs, which can help prevent a flare-up of COPD symptoms.
Extreme heat and humidity can also exasperate COPD symptoms. On hot and humid days, remain indoors in an air-conditioned environment and reduce activity to prevent a flare-up of your symptoms.
Make wise choices and maintain a healthy lifestyle!
Links for COPD guidlines
http://www.webmd.com/lung/ copd/tc/chronic-obstructive- pulmonary-disease-copd- ongoing-concerns