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Lung Center of Nevada offers help for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) patients to get them safely set up for Southern Nevada’s hot, dry and dusty summer.

Living with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) requires being prepared for all contingencies, including the arrival of hot, dry and dusty summers we have here in Southern Nevada. To get people with COPD for summer, ready Comprehensive Cancer Centers’ Lung Center of Nevada shares helpful insights into how to be prepared to enjoy the climate as safely as possible.

Living safely with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease during hot, dry, and dusty days requires careful planning and proactive measures to manage symptoms and reduce exacerbations. Here are some strategies to help you prepare:

  • Stay Indoors During Peak Hours: Limit outdoor activities during the hottest and dustiest times of the day, typically late morning to early evening. Opt for indoor activities instead to minimize exposure to heat and airborne irritants.
  • Use Air Conditioning: Keep your home cool and well-ventilated using air conditioning. This helps reduce indoor air pollution and maintains a comfortable environment for breathing. Air purifiers with HEPA filters can remove dust and allergens from indoor air.
  • Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water all day long to stay hydrated. Adequate hydration helps keep mucus thin and makes it easier to cough up, reducing the risk of exacerbation.
  • Avoid Exposure to Dust and Pollutants: Keep windows and doors closed during dusty days to prevent indoor air pollution. Use damp cloths to dust surfaces and vacuum with a HEPA filter to minimize dust accumulation. Consider wearing masks when going outdoors to protect your lungs from dust and pollutants.
  • Take Medications as Prescribed: Adhere to COPD medication regimens as prescribed by your team at Lung Center of Nevada. This can include bronchodilators, corticosteroids, or other medications to manage symptoms and prevent exacerbations.
  • Monitor Air Quality: Stay informed about air quality levels using air quality index (AQI) forecasts . Limit outdoor activities on days when air quality is poor or when dust levels are high.
  • Practice Breathing Techniques: Learn and practice breathing exercises including pursed-lip breathing and diaphragmatic breathing that improve lung function and manage shortness of breath during hot days.
  • Plan Outdoor Activities Carefully: If you need to go outdoors, plan activities for cooler times of the day, including early mornings or late evenings. Take frequent breaks in shaded or air-conditioned areas, while avoiding strenuous activities that can exacerbate breathing difficulties.
  • Wear Loose, Lightweight Clothing: Choose loose-fitting, lightweight clothing made of breathable fabrics such as cotton to stay cool, well ventilated and comfortable in hot weather.
  • Have an Action Plan: Work with your Lung Center of Nevada team to develop a COPD action plan that outline steps to take in case of worsening symptoms or exacerbations. Know when to seek medical help if symptoms become severe. This is very important if you’re traveling out of state or out of the country.

By taking proactive steps to manage COPD and minimize exposure to heat, dust, and pollutants during the hot, dry, and dusty days of summer, you can reduce the risk of exacerbations and stay safe and comfortable.

What Are the Symptoms of COPD?
While the resources provided above are intended for people who have been diagnosed with COPD, many people may have the condition and be unaware. Leaving COPD untreated may cause increasing damage to the lungs and the body. This damage can be underway long before people are diagnosed. COPD symptoms are different for everyone; however, if one or more of four common symptoms present, seek medical attention to confirm a diagnosis.

  • Shortness of breath that gets increasingly worse over time
  • Frequent cough, often referred to as smoker’s cough
  • Wheezing, or a whistling sound occurring when you breathe
  • Coughing up mucus for a month or more may indicate lung disease

Rather than thinking they may have COPD, some people think they are just out of shape or getting older. Being out of breath is not normal. It’s especially important to talk to your doctor at Lung Center of Nevada about any factors outlined above. You should also be checked for COPD if you were a smoker, even if you’ve since quit.

Comprehensive Cancer Centers & Lung Center of Nevada Can Help
When it comes to care for your chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), count on Lung Center of Nevada, a division of Comprehensive Cancer Centers and its team of board-certified pulmonologists, respiratory therapists, nurse practitioners, and administrative support staff. To schedule an appointment with the Lung Center of Nevada, please call 702-737-5864.

The content is this post is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

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