Keeping your COPD under control
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) refers to disorders that damage the lungs. These disorders make breathing increasingly difficult over time.
The most common forms of COPD are emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Both make it difficult for air to flow freely through the lungs.
Here are five simple things you can do to help control your COPD:
- Avoid exposure to outdoor air pollution and secondhand smoke.
- Exercise regularly. This will build stamina and improve quality of life. Drinking enough fluids can help keep mucus watery and easy to drain.
- Get vaccinated against influenza and pneumococcal pneumonia.
- Avoid contact with anyone who has an upper respiratory tract infection. Even a mild cold can trigger a flare-up of bronchitis symptoms.
- Wash your hands frequently during cold and flu season.