In the United States, more than 15 million people suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The disease affects lung function and thus proper oxygen absorption in the body. Symptoms can range from coughing and shortness of breath during and after light activities to, and in more advanced stages, health issues such as cyanosis and heart problems. However, there are many things you can do at home to manage and to slow the progression of COPD.
First and foremost, someone with COPD should not smoke. If they do smoke, they should quit immediately. If there are family members who smoke, they should not smoke around the person with COPD.
Other noxious fumes that can affect someone with COPD include cleaning product chemicals and cooking odors. For cleaning, switch to a pump spray bottle or use a cleaning cloth to avoid excess fumes in the air. When cooking, try using a fan for ventilation and, if you can, try to cook when the person with COPD is not in the house. Running your air conditioner or getting an air purifier can greatly help keep the air in your house clean and comfortable.
Paying attention to temperature and poor air quality reports can help ward off discomfort. If the weather calls for cold or humid weather, try to run errands during the time of day where these weather conditions are least severe.
Try to avoid foods that can cause gas as well as foods that contain a high level of sodium.
Someone with COPD is more prone to sickness, so be sure they get an annual flu shot and wash their hands frequently or keep hand sanitizer around the house.
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