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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) .

COPD

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the name for lung diseases, including chronic bronchitis, emphysema and chronic obstructive airways disease. People with COPD may see an increase in their symptoms during hot weather. Here are some steps you can take to help manage your breathing this summer:

  • Take your medication as directed by your doctor. If you are oxygen-dependent, talk to your doctor about any extra oxygen requirements during the summer months.
  • Plan your activities carefully and try to avoid going outside during the hottest times of the day, which is usually between 11am and 3pm.
  • Avoid excessive physical activity. Try to exercise at the end of the day when it’s cooler.
  • Keep cool indoors and keep the windows closed while the room is cooler than it is outside. Open windows at night when the air is cooler.
  • Take cool showers if necessary.
  • Drink water regularly. Try to avoid alcohol, as it can make you more dehydrated.
  • Wear appropriate clothing and sunscreen.
  • If you suffer from hay fever during the summer months, speak to your doctor or pharmacist about treatments.
  • Where possible, keep in regular contact with friends or family members so they can make sure you are OK. If you don't have a phone, ask neighbours, friends or relatives to stop by your home each day.

For more information and advice, visit NHS Choices at www.nhs.uk/summerhealth, or ring NHS 111.