For people with COPD, summer heat and humidity can worsen their COPD symptoms, including shortness of breath and bronchospasms. However, while we cannot control the weather, we can control our environment and exposure to the summer heat – here are a few tips on preventing serious summertime complications:
Stay cool – if possible, stay indoors in air-conditioned areas. When driving, park in shady areas and use sun protectors in your car. Go outside for short periods of time, preferably in the early morning or later in the evening. Be sure to stay hydrated and avoid activities that involve utilizing extra energy.
Take your medications – remember to take your medications as directed by your doctor. If you use oxygen, talk to your doctor about your oxygen requirements during summer months.
Plan your activities – choose air-conditioned venues and indoor activities. Try to limit your outdoor activities to early morning or after the sun goes down. If you are going to be in a high-elevation area, talk to your doctor about your oxygen requirements.
Learn more about avoiding summertime COPD complications: https://www.verywellhealth.com/copd-the-heat-is-on-914679