Seasonal COPD triggers:

Low Impact Exercises for those with COPD
January 22, 2018
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Seasonal COPD triggers:
Winter triggers

Cold air. The cold air in wintertime can become quite dry. Dry air can irritate the nasal passages and airways, which can trigger a flare-up. Avoid the outdoors, and if needed, keep your time outdoors brief, like going from the house to the car. It’s also best to keep your mouth and nose covered when venturing outdoors.

Circulating pathogens. Bacteria and viruses that cause conditions like flu, colds and pneumonia commonly circulate during cold weather. This is because most people stay huddled indoors, which increases the chances for these microbes to be transmitted from one person to another. Getting a cold or flu can lead to pneumonia, causing an unscheduled trip to the hospital. Try to avoid crowded indoor places. If needed, wear a mask to lessen your chances of catching respiratory conditions.

Smoke from the fireplace. While lighting a fire can make you feel warm and toasty, the smoke from wood can be a trigger for COPD. Additionally, molds may grow on the wood and be released into the air when preparing the wood for a fire. Try another heating method instead

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