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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.

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Keeping Dust at Bay

By Do More With Oxygen

Tue, Nov 28, 2017

Keeping Dust at Bay

Managing Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) means being mindful of potential COPD flare-up triggers. Dust, commonly found in the areas you frequent, is a common COPD trigger. Use these tips to help lessen the amount of dust in your home.

Remove Carpeting

Carpeting may feel comfy on your feet, but it’s a prime location for the storage of dust and other allergens. If you opt to keep your carpeting, be sure to vacuum often with a vacuum cleaner designed to prevent dust from entering back into the air.

When cleaning rugs, take them outside so that the dust is not transferred to other areas indoors.

Wash Your Sheets

Pillows, sheets and mattresses are a dwelling place for dust mites. Be sure to wash your sheets once a week. An allergen-proof cover for your box spring and mattress can provide additional protection from dust mites.

Clean Up Clutter

If you have piles of old magazines, toys or dirty clothing laying around, clean them up! These piles collect dust and cleaning the area around them won’t substitute for picking up the entire thing.

Start at the Top

When cleaning, start with surfaces that are highest and work towards lower level areas. This will allow you to capture dust missed or recirculated.

Avoid using feather dusters as they just spread the existing dust resulting in it settling in other places and continuing to irritate your COPD.

Use an Air Purifier

While not a substitute for a good dusting, an air purifier can help filter the dust particles circulating through the air of your home. Keep in mind that you will need one for each room in your home.

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Source: www.foxnews.com, Accessed: 10/16/17

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