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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: 4 Ways to Keep Cool this Summer

By Do More With Oxygen

Tue, Jun 16, 2015

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.

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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!

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Sources:

  1. Medicine.net. Accessed 3/31/15.

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