How to Manage C.O.P.D.

1 If you are a smoker QUIT

  2 Avoid smokers and smoky areas

  3 Avoiding conditions that may irritate your lungs, such as indoor and outdoor air pollution, cold dry air, hot humid air, or high altitudes.

  4 Avoid crowed areas where people maybe carrying infections

  5 Taking rest breaks. Schedule short rest breaks when doing household chores and other activities.

  6 Don’t dry cloths on radiators

  7 Always use a stool in the shower

  8 Use a towel robe after a shower

  9 Avoid Perfume – Aftershave – Body sprays

 10 Avoid climbing hills

 11 Learn all you can about your medication and stick with your treatment plan

 12 Wear loose clothing

 13 If you have oxygen make sure to always use it

 14 Staying as active as possible and getting regular exercise

 15 Healthy diet  Good nutrition is important to maintain your strength and health – Eating habits will also change. Take a rest before you eat and eat small, nutritious meals at short intervals, instead of three big meals a day. Take your time while eating and breathe evenly while chewing.

 16 Learn breathing techniques to improve airflow in and out of your lungs.  Breathe out through pursed lips, like when whistling

 17 Discussing Pulmonary rehabilitation with your health professional.

 18 Join a COPD support group in your area

 19 Support from family and friends can reduce anxiety and stress and make it easier to live with COPD.

 20 Always get the flu vaccine

 21 If you use a nebuliser always make sure to wash it so as to avoid infections

 22 Apply for Disability pass

 23 Keep items you might need at night by the bedside, such as slippers, flashlight, medications, tissues, and water.

 24 Always breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth

 Remember, C.O.P.D. is not the end of your life. It’s just a beginning of another life — life where your activities and tasks may be controlled, but your capacity to enjoy life will remain the same!



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