1. Choose the right clothing1.
Loose fitting, cotton clothing will help keep you cooler in the summer heat. Avoid dark colors and opt for lighter colors to stay cool, too.
2. Find a cool environment1.
Air conditioning certainly helps in the summer, but if you don’t have air conditioning, consider spending some time in places that do have air conditioning such as malls, libraries or movie theaters. If you’re not up to going anywhere, small portable fans can help cool you down and aren’t too cumbersome to move around the house.
3. Pack lightly.
No matter the season, traveling can be difficult—especially if you are lugging around large oxygen cylinders. If your summer plans involve weekend trips, a friend’s wedding or a family reunion, a portable oxygen concentrator may be your solution. You won’t have struggle to wheel large cylinders around because you can simply wear it over your shoulder or use the carrying handle. Best of all, some portable oxygen concentrators, like the Invacare® XPO2™ Portable Oxygen Concentrator, are FAA approved so you can even use your concentrator while flying!
4. Eat the right food1.
You may want to avoid hot foods or heavy meals. Try eating smaller meals more often or snacks such as cold fruit. Try one of these COPD-friendly refreshing drink recipes to help you cool down. Consider recipes that don’t require you to use the oven—you won’t have to cook next to it!
- Medicine.net. Accessed 3/31/15.