Living with COPD
Living with a chronic condition can be difficult but with the right help and guidance, you can improve your condition and symptoms. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) can affect many aspects of your life. But there are some ways to help reduce its impact.
It's important to take good care of yourself if you have COPD.
Here are some of the things you can do to live a comfortable life with COPD.
Take your medicine
It's important to take any prescribed medicine, including inhalers, as this can help prevent bad flare-ups. Check with your doctor before taking any other medicine or supplements as they can interfere or react with your medication.
Let your doctor know if you experience any side effects, your doctor can either change or provide medication to prevent the side effects.
If you smoke, stopping can help slow down or prevent further damage to your lungs.
Exercising regularly can help improve your symptoms and quality of life.
The amount of exercise you can do will depend on your individual circumstances. Exercising until you're a little breathless is not dangerous, but do not push yourself too far. Ask your doctor before starting a new exercise and also whether you are eligible to exercise or not.
Maintain a healthy weight
Carrying extra weight can make breathlessness worse, so it's a good idea to lose weight through a combination of regular exercise and following a healthy diet if you're overweight.
Some people with COPD find that they unintentionally lose weight. Eating foods that are high in protein and taking in enough calories is important to maintain a healthy weight.
COPD can put a significant strain on your body and mean you're more vulnerable to infections.
Everyone with COPD is encouraged to have the vaccination as recommended by their doctor.
Get the right help, consult the right doctors and live a healthy life.