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When a loved one has COPD or another chronic lung disease, knowing how to balance taking care of them and yourself can be difficult. This page provides helpful resources for caregivers including guides on helping your loved one quit smoking and how to take time out of your day for yourself.

If you’ve just been diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), you may have a lot of questions. This page is a great resource for learning about all aspects of the disease including talking to your doctor, flare-up signs and symptoms, and disease management.

If you have a chronic lung disease, you know that staying healthy plays an important part in managing your symptoms and overall well-being. The right exercise methods, diet, and other techniques can help you stay healthy with chronic lung disease and get you back to doing the things you love.

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Life With COPD: 7 Ways to Stay Healthy When Everyone Else Has A Cold

By Do More With Oxygen

Thu, Feb 28, 2013

While everyone wants to avoid getting sick during cold and flu season, it’s very important for those with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) to avoid respiratory infections. What's just a cold for most people may cause a COPD episode or breathing attack, according to the website Everyday Health.

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Fortunately, there are seven key things you can do to stay healthy, even when everyone else has a cold. The Everyday Health website advises the following to fight off colds this winter: 

  • Eat healthy meals: A balanced diet has all the vitamins, minerals and nutrients you need to keep your immunity up.
  • Take multivitamins: If you suspect that your diet isn't providing sufficient nutrition, talk with your doctor about taking a supplement. 
  • Get regular exercise: Life with COPD may not permit you to participate in strenuous workouts, but certain COPD exercises can help to keep your body strong and your immune system active.
  • Get enough sleep: A good night’s sleep is important for a strong immune system. Make it a priority to get at least seven hours of sleep each night.
  • Get vaccinated: Talk to your doctor about getting a yearly flu shot. The vaccine could help to keep you healthy this winter. 
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick: You won’t get the flu or cold bug if you don't come in contact with it.
  • Wash your hands frequently: After being out and about, wash your hands as soon as you get home. 

If you do become sick despite your best efforts, contact your health-care provider immediately. Your doctor will advise the best course of treatment to get you feeling better quickly.

Before you visit your physician, be sure to download and print out the free guide, 9 Questions to Ask Your Physician.

Living with COPD? 9 Questions to Ask Your Physician

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