Managing Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) in cold weather

Practical tips for managing COPD in cold weather

  • Check the weather before you go out. If it’s too cold or breezy for you or you are not feeling well or are having trouble breathing, stay indoors and keep warm.
  • If you have a reliever inhaler, try using it half an hour before going outside. Carry your reliever medication with you as cold air can tighten your airways making it harder for you to breathe.
  • Try to breathe through your nose instead of your mouth as this will help warm the air you breathe in.
  • Protect your lungs and airways by wearing a hood or scarf that covers your mouth. It’s best to use a smooth material that isn’t scratchy if you can.

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