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COPD: Avoiding Your Triggers

Introduction

You can do things at home to manage COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). By learning the triggers for COPD and avoiding them, you can help reduce flare-ups. While some triggers may be out of your control, there are others you can easily avoid.

  • Learn and avoid the common triggers for COPD.
  • By avoiding flare-ups, you may feel better, be more active, and reduce the impact of COPD on your life.
  • Pay attention to symptoms that may warn you of a flare-up. You may need to see your doctor or go to the hospital if your symptoms are severe.

How can you avoid triggers?

There are many things you can do to avoid triggers and stay as healthy as you can.

Avoid triggers in the air

  • Quit smoking. This is the most important thing you can do. Also stay away from other people who are smoking.
  • Use an air conditioner or air filter in your home.
  • Cook near an open door or window, or turn on your kitchen fan.
  • If there is a lot of pollution or dust outside, stay at home and keep your windows closed.

Protect your health

  • Get a flu vaccine every year.
  • Talk to your doctor about getting a pneumococcal shot.
  • Wash your hands to avoid infections.
  • Eat healthy foods, exercise, and get enough rest.
  • Refill your medicines before you run out.
  • Take extra medicines with you when you travel.

Credits

By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Ken Y. Yoneda, MD - Pulmonology
Current as of March 12, 2014

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