For those living with COPD, extreme heat can be downright dangerous. Not only does it exacerbate your condition, it can also turn fatal. However, by taking the correct precautions, you can beat the heat and stay healthy for the remainder of the summer. CarePro Home Medical has these tips for you:
- Stay inside as much as possible, especially on days where the heat and the humidity are at their most extreme. If you don’t have air conditioning at your house, then go someplace that does during the hottest part of the day (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.). Places such as the mall or the public library are good spots to take cool refuge. If you’re in your Golden Years, your community may have a senior center for you to stay at as well.
- If you must be outside, concentrate your activities during the morning or evening, when the sun is less intense. Make sure you take plenty of breaks where you’re sitting in the air conditioning for a while.
- Drink lots of water. This is important in helping thin the mucous, which helps ease COPD symptoms. You should also avoid sugary and alcoholic drinks, as these can lead to dehydration.
- Invest in a dehumidifier—in fact, have several throughout the house. Like the old saying goes, “It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity.” While we don’t completely agree with that—heat is bad for COPD—relieving those awful symptoms that come with humidity can go a long way to helping you feel better.
Overall, managing your COPD symptoms on a hot day all comes down to taking it easy. It’s not worth it to end up in the hospital because you pushed yourself too hard. The experts at CarePro Home Medical can also help. We carry portable oxygen concentrators and oxygen concentrator accessories. We also have respiratory therapists on staff to answer any of your questions. Stop by one of our CarePro Home Medical locations today to talk with an expert!