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How can cold and flu prevention help ease my COPD?

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COPD means you have a higher risk of complications from an infection like a cold or the flu. Help yourself stay well by washing your hands often, cleaning any medical equipment you use, getting vaccines for the flu and pneumonia, and avoiding people who are sick.

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: “4 Biggest Myths About Your COPD -- and How to Cope,” “COPD: Exercise and Activity Guidelines,” “COPD: Preventing Infection & Avoiding Irritants.”

Mayo Clinic: “COPD,” “COPD: Protecting against flare-ups,” “Eating Well When You Have COPD,” “COPD.”        

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “COPD.”

International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: “Improved patient outcome with smoking cessation: When is it too late?”

COPD Foundation: “Quitting Smoking.”

American Lung Association: “Physical Activity and COPD.”

Breathe: “COPD and exercise: Does it make a difference?”

American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine: “Effects of Allergic Phenotype on Respiratory Symptoms and Exacerbations in Patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.”

Journal of Translational Internal Medicine: “Nutrition in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: A review.”

National Jewish Health: “COPD: Nutrition.”

Reviewed by Paul Boyce on July 02, 2019

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: “4 Biggest Myths About Your COPD -- and How to Cope,” “COPD: Exercise and Activity Guidelines,” “COPD: Preventing Infection & Avoiding Irritants.”

Mayo Clinic: “COPD,” “COPD: Protecting against flare-ups,” “Eating Well When You Have COPD,” “COPD.”        

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “COPD.”

International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: “Improved patient outcome with smoking cessation: When is it too late?”

COPD Foundation: “Quitting Smoking.”

American Lung Association: “Physical Activity and COPD.”

Breathe: “COPD and exercise: Does it make a difference?”

American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine: “Effects of Allergic Phenotype on Respiratory Symptoms and Exacerbations in Patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.”

Journal of Translational Internal Medicine: “Nutrition in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: A review.”

National Jewish Health: “COPD: Nutrition.”

Reviewed by Paul Boyce on July 02, 2019

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