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.
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.