Things People with COPD need to Be Aware Of20 Jul
COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is a lung disease that is caused by long-term exposure to irritants like cigarettes or air pollution. The primary symptoms include coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath. These symptoms are especially severe during periods of extreme weather change.
Cold, hot, or dry air can trigger COPD. Patients have difficulty breathing when the temperature is below 32°F(0°C), or above 90°F(32.2°C), and in windy weather. What’s more, humidity, ozone levels, and pollen are also factors. Therefore, people with COPD should make a conscious effort to avoid exposure to certain risk factors, such as cigarette smoke, dust, chemicals in cleaning agents, air pollution, and should stay indoors during extreme weather conditions.
Mold is another potential trigger for people with COPD and asthma. COPD patients with weak immune systems are particularly sensitive to mold exposure. When indoor humidity is too high, air pollutants increase, encouraging mold growth. When people with COPD or asthma are exposed to mold for long periods of time, their throat and lungs can be irritated, and asthma symptoms may worsen. These symptoms include coughing, wheezing, stuffy nose, sore throat, sneezing, rhinitis, or a runny nose caused by inflammation of the mucous membranes in the nose.
To make sure your home stays free of mold, it is important to inspect the areas that mold is most commonly found. You may want to inspect for:
●A roof or basement that is flooded, or leaking rainwater.
●Pipes under the sink that are poorly connected or leaking.
●Poor ventilation in the bathroom and kitchen.
●Drip trays under refrigerators and freezers.
Once you have identified a potentially problematic area, take immediate action to remove or clean it. Please note that you should wear a mask and gloves when cleaning to avoid exposure.
If you have COPD and live in an area with high humidity, you may need to consider moving to a drier climate. In addition, you can buy a dehumidifier to help you remove excess water so that you can remain safe and comfortable in your home.