When wildfires burn nearby, individuals with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) may struggle to breathe. Wildfire smoke can worsen COPD symptoms and lead to serious health complications. To help you or someone you know stay well during wildfire season, here are some helpful tips:
1. Stay indoors as much as possible: It’s important to avoid going outside when the air quality is poor due to wildfire smoke. Keep your windows and doors closed to prevent smoke from entering your home. If you have air conditioning, use it to filter the air inside your home. If you don’t have air conditioning, you may want to consider purchasing an air purifier.
2. Monitor air quality: Keep yourself informed by checking air quality reports in your area frequently. Many local news stations and weather websites provide up-to-date information on air quality in the local area. If the air quality is poor, limit your outdoor activities and stay inside as much as possible.
3. Talk to your doctor: Reach out to your doctor if you have COPD and discuss how to manage your symptoms during wildfire season. They may recommend adjusting your medication, changing your supplemental oxygen dose, or using an inhaler. They can also provide guidance on when to seek medical attention if your symptoms worsen.
4. Stay hydrated: Drinking plenty of water can help keep your body hydrated and reduce the effects of smoke on your respiratory system when the air quality is poor.
5. Use a mask: Look for masks labeled N95 or P100 if you need to go outside during wildfire season. These masks can filter out smoke particulates and protect your lungs.
6. Stay informed: Stay up-to-date on the latest news and alerts related to wildfires in your area. Follow local news stations and emergency management agencies for the latest information, and have an evacuation plan in place for yourself and your household.
If you have COPD, these tips can help you breathe better during wildfire season. Remember to prioritize your health and seek medical attention if you experience any severe symptoms. Portable Oxygen Solutions is here to support you with the best portable oxygen concentrators in the industry. Contact us today to learn more!
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