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How can I prevent colds if I have emphysema or chronic bronchitis?

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Here are some tips to help you avoid catching a cold:

  • Make sure you wash your hands regularly.
  • Avoid crowds during cold and flu season.
  • Check with your doctor about getting a flu shot or the pneumonia vaccine.
  • Tell your doctor about any sinus problems. Sinus infections can trigger breather issues.
  • Avoid cigarette smoke and air pollutants.
  • Eat a balanced diet and exercise regularly.

SOURCES: American Lung Association: ''Need Help For Treatment Decisions with COPD?'' and ''Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Fact Sheet.'' The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: ''COPD: Learn to Breathe Better.'' Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD): GOLD Guidelines At-A-Glance Desk Reference.


Reviewed by Paul Boyce on March 15, 2019

SOURCES: American Lung Association: ''Need Help For Treatment Decisions with COPD?'' and ''Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Fact Sheet.'' The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: ''COPD: Learn to Breathe Better.'' Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD): GOLD Guidelines At-A-Glance Desk Reference.


Reviewed by Paul Boyce on March 15, 2019

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