It is well known that cold, windy, and humid weather can be triggers for COPD symptoms, but these are often a normal part of the winter season. As the chilly breezes begin to blow, it’s important to have some strategies for staying safe and healthy. The more you can prepare yourself, the more enjoyable this season can be, so keep these five things in mind as we head into the cooler months!
- Cover your mouth and nose
When you must be outside, even if it’s only for a few moments, be sure to cover your mouth and nose with a warm scarf or wrap. Having this insulative barrier between your airway and the cold can prevent shocks to your system and allows for easier breathing.
- Avoid wood-burning stoves and fireplaces
You want to stay warm during the winter, but burning wood creates noxious fumes that can irritate airways and exacerbate COPD symptoms. Heat your home and cook your food another way whenever possible.
- Exercise inside
If you’re used to going for walks around your neighborhood, winter is the time to choose an indoor activity instead. Protect your lungs by keeping your workouts inside for a few months.
- Carry a rescue inhaler
Winter can be especially hard on your COPD, so it’s crucial to always have your fast-acting rescue inhaler handy when you are out and about.
- Consider moving
If you have the resources available, you may want to consider moving to a climate that is more friendly to your COPD, where temperatures and humidity are more comfortable and stable all year round.
Portable Oxygen Solutions is here to be your liaison in finding the best portable oxygen concentrators. COPD doesn’t have to completely restrict your lifestyle. It can be managed with a few lifestyle adjustments, and of course, by finding the right portable oxygen concentrator for you.