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How can I help prevent COPD flare-ups?

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Most importantly, schedule and keep regular appointments with your doctor, even if you’re feeling perfectly fine at the time. Also:

  • Get your flu shot every year.
  • Ask your doctor whether you are due for a pneumonia and pertussis shot.
  • Wash your hands often with warm water and mild soap.
  • Use hand sanitizer when you can’t wash your hands.
  • Try to stay away from crowds during cold and flu season.
  • Stay hydrated.
  • Take sleep time seriously.

From: Signs of a COPD Flare-Up WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Breathe: The Lung Association (Canada): “Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease -- Flare-ups.”

COPD Foundation: “Staying Healthy and Avoiding Exacerbations.”

Neil Schachter, MD, professor of pulmonary medicine and medical director of Respiratory Care Department, Mount Sinai Center, New York.

Care Community: “Caring for Others: Breathing Problems.”

European Respiratory Journal : “Standards for the diagnosis and treatment of patients with COPD: a summary of the ATS/ERS position paper.”

National Lung Health Education Program: “Lung -- COPD and Asthma.”

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "COPD: Learn More Breathe Better."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on March 14, 2019

SOURCES:

Breathe: The Lung Association (Canada): “Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease -- Flare-ups.”

COPD Foundation: “Staying Healthy and Avoiding Exacerbations.”

Neil Schachter, MD, professor of pulmonary medicine and medical director of Respiratory Care Department, Mount Sinai Center, New York.

Care Community: “Caring for Others: Breathing Problems.”

European Respiratory Journal : “Standards for the diagnosis and treatment of patients with COPD: a summary of the ATS/ERS position paper.”

National Lung Health Education Program: “Lung -- COPD and Asthma.”

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "COPD: Learn More Breathe Better."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on March 14, 2019

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