You can do things at home to manage COPD (chronic obstructive
pulmonary disease). By learning the triggers for COPD and avoiding them, you
can help reduce flare-ups. While some triggers may be out of your control,
there are others you can easily avoid.
Learn and avoid the common triggers for
By avoiding flare-ups, you may feel better, be more active,
and reduce the impact of COPD on your life.
Pay attention to
symptoms that may warn you of a flare-up. You may need to see your doctor or go
to the hospital if your symptoms are severe.
Now that you have read this
information, you are ready to start identifying and avoiding triggers for
Talk with your doctor
If you have questions about this information, print it out and take it
with you when you visit your doctor. You may want to use a highlighter to mark
areas or make notes in the margins of pages where you have questions.
Be sure to let your doctor know if you notice changes in your symptoms.
Talk with your doctor about what might be triggers for you. Ask about ways you
can avoid those triggers.
If you would like more information on COPD, the following
resources are available:
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