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Cold Weather and COPD Don't Mix

Have you been diagnosed with COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease? If so, you may find that winter is one of the hardest times of the year for managing your condition. Cold weather combined with germs that cause respiratory illness can make your symptoms flare up and make it even harder for you to breathe. Innovations Stem Cell Center can help reduce inflammation in your lungs using stem cell therapy and get you back to better breathing.

Is Weather Really a Trigger for COPD?

Yes, namely weather extremes. While North Texas does not see extreme cold too often, when the temperature dips below freezing and the air is dry, it can cause people with COPD to experience increased coughing, wheezing, fatigue and shortness of breath. Conversely, when the temperature climbs above 90, many people with COPD experience the same situation and struggle to breathe.

How to Manage COPD in Cold Weather

There are a few ways you can reduce the chances that your COPD will flare up in the winter.

Stay Inside. First and foremost, if you can stay inside during frigid days, you should. However, work, school and life often require you to go outside the home.

Cover Up. If you do have to go outside, you should take care to cover your mouth and nose with a scarf or painters mask to protect you from the very cold air.

Stay Healthy. Stay away from people who are sick with colds, flu, bronchitis and other respiratory illnesses. Be sure to get your flu shot and pneumonia shot each year to protect yourself. Also, make handwashing a habit, especially after being in public places.

Increase Humidity in Your Home. Use a humidifier to add moisture back into the air. Researchers say that 40 percent humidity is ideal for people suffering from COPD.

Other Ways to Manage COPD

Quit Smoking. If you suffer from COPD and you smoke, you are routinely exposing your lungs to irritants that make it harder for you to breathe. Secondhand smoke can also be a trigger for coughing and wheezing.

Avoid allergens. You may think that winter and cold weather means an end to pollen, but unfortunately, we have pollen year round. Other allergens include dust, pet dander and mold. Some people with COPD are also sensitive to chemical cleaners, perfumes and colognes.

Seek Out Stem Cell Therapy. If you want to breathe easier year-round without flaring of symptoms, call Innovations Stem Cell Center at 214-256-1462 to schedule a consultation to find out how adipose fat stem cell therapy can help.

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