Make living with COPD simpler, safer with these 6 tips

If you are suffering from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), these expert-recommended tips will make your life simpler and safer.
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Sangita Chekker Updated: 22 Dec 2021, 12:09 pm IST
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COPD defines Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, which is a lung disease, which gets worse with the time period. This disease mainly sees symptoms like coughing, breathing problems, wheezing and tightening of the chest. COPD can turn worse by affecting your ability to perform simple daily common activities like walking and cooking. However, there are ways to prevent the COPD symptoms by enhancing your quality of life.

Following are the key tips to which will guide you survive in a better with COPD:

1. Stay active

Maintaining your weight and staying fit is essential, especially the one who is living with COPD. Regular workout and exercise help you against the breathing issue, reduce extra weight.

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2. Express yourself

Talking to others about the COPD symptoms is important, as sharing your pain may help you to put on a comfortable side with family, especially with your partner. Talking to the person suffering from a similar condition may also help you to stay positive, while you can also share tips to prevent the symptoms of COPD.

3. Take flu vaccine

COPD patients could be prone to get flu and the same could lead to serious health issues. Hence, getting vaccinated will prevent you from getting infected.

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4. Plan your day properly

Start your day with a proper schedule so that you save your energy and avoid restlessness while breathing. Pre-planning of the day will make your daily activities easy and energy saving.

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5. Things to avoid

Avoid going to big gatherings, busy streets and smoking habits. Try your best to stay long within the fresh atmosphere, with less crowd and more trees.

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6. Be prepared during an emergency

Discuss with your doctor prior about how to tackle the condition in case of flare at home. He/She may suggest you keep a home nebulizer for a safer side. Mind the symptoms which need immediate approach to the doctor.

The last word

As COPD is a condition which continues for a long term, regular care and talking about your ailment to your health care consultant will help you with all essential care that a COPD patient needs. Being open about your disease with your family and friends will help you to keep yourself away from the COPD symptoms.

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Sangita Chekker, Consultant, Chest Physician, Wockhardt Hospitals, Mira Road, Mumbai

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