We all know that with the spring and summer season comes allergies, but did you know fall also has its fair share of pollens and allergens? Shifts in the seasons not only cause changes in the weather, but may also cause changes in how those with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) to feel worse. When temperatures drop, we tend to spend more time indoors, which brings on a new series of allergens, which can include pet dander, mold, dust and dust mites, and fumes. Those who have COPD may have a harder time adjusting to the exposure of new allergens, causing COPD symptoms to flare up.
Experts have recommended that those diagnosed with COPD should work to eliminate exposure and reduce conditions that promote indoor allergies. Having your home professionally deep cleaned annually and cleaning air ducts regularly by professionals can help eliminate these allergens.
Fall and winter seasons also bring the cold and flu season, which can be fatal for those with COPD. According to an article published in the International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, “Viral infections including influenza, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), and many other viruses are important causes of exacerbations, excess morbidity and mortality in COPD.”
When an individual has COPD, their lungs are damaged and more susceptible to infection, making any virus a large danger. It’s vital that COPD patients do everything they can to prevent upper respiratory infections. Everyone, especially those with COPD, should wash their hands often. This includes after being in public places and before and after dinner. Staying up to date on vaccinations, especially flu vaccinations, can help prevent upper respiratory infections.
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