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33 Practical Strategies to Make Household Chores Easier with COPD

Dec 10, 2018 10:27:21 AM / by Duke Reeves posted in COPD, Tips and Hacks

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It's safe to say that most people don't look forward to doing chores, but this is especially true for people with COPD. Household tasks are unpleasant enough on their own, but they are much worse when you have to do them while struggling to breathe.

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How Common Household Cleaning Products Can Damage Your Lungs and Worsen COPD

Dec 6, 2018 10:08:24 AM / by Duke Reeves posted in COPD, Tips and Hacks

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We've long known that the harsh chemicals found in many cleaning products can be dangerous if not handled correctly. However, recent research shows that common household cleaners may be much more dangerous than most people realize.

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8 Challenges to Expect this Winter if You Have COPD

Nov 30, 2018 10:20:06 AM / by Duke Reeves posted in COPD, Tips and Hacks

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If you have COPD, then you know that all kinds of unexpected things can affect your symptoms and make them worse. Even minor respiratory irritants, like fragrances, air pollution, and dry air, can make it more difficult to breathe.

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The Dangers of Wood-Burning Stoves and Fireplaces for People with COPD

Nov 29, 2018 10:29:01 AM / by Duke Reeves posted in COPD, Tips and Hacks

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As soon as the cold weather creeps in, it's inevitable that wood-burning stoves start firing up all across the country. For many people, burning wood is a long and cherished tradition, both for warmth and for recreation.

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17 Simple, Natural Ways to Treat Your COPD

Nov 7, 2018 9:35:33 AM / by Duke Reeves posted in COPD, Medication and Treatment, Tips and Hacks

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COPD is a relatively common and well-researched condition, which means there are lots of different medications and treatments to help people who suffer from the disease. These include a variety of “natural” treatments for COPD patients that can alleviate both physical and psychological symptoms.

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Tips and Tricks for Exercising on Oxygen Therapy

Nov 1, 2018 9:20:24 AM / by Duke Reeves posted in COPD, Medication and Treatment, Tips and Hacks

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Exercise is absolutely vital for healthy living, especially if you have COPD or another respiratory disease. But when you're hooked up to your oxygen tank or concentrator, it can make working out and doing other physical activities a little bit more tricky.

 

Fortunately, exercising with oxygen isn't too difficult if you know how to do it right. In fact, the extra oxygen you get should make it easier to exercise by improving your endurance and making it easier to breathe. 

 

In this article, we're going to give you a variety of tips and techniques to help you better manage exercise while you're using supplemental oxygen. That way, you can continue living an active, healthy life without letting your disease or your oxygen therapy get in the way.

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19 Effective Ways to Boost Your Immune System if You Have COPD

Oct 30, 2018 10:09:49 AM / by Duke Reeves posted in COPD, Medication and Treatment, Tips and Hacks

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One of the things that makes COPD so dangerous is the fact that it makes your body more vulnerable to disease. It not only makes your more likely to get sick, but it makes it harder to recover from illnesses, too.

For people with COPD, any sickness—even a common cold—can be serious or, in some cases, even life-threatening. Even worse are respiratory infections like pneumonia, which can cause permanent damage to lungs affected by COPD.

 

Because of this, it is imperative for every person with COPD to take good care of their immune system. Because your immune system is so closely linked with all of your body's other systems, that means making healthy choices when it comes to your diet, sleeping habits, personal hygiene, and even your mental health.

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How to Combat Back Pain Caused By COPD

Oct 26, 2018 9:15:59 AM / by Duke Reeves posted in COPD, Medication and Treatment, Tips and Hacks

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While COPD is usually characterized as a breathing disorder, it is a complex disease that can cause a variety of different ailments besides respiratory decline. One of of these is back pain, a serious ailment that afflicts nearly fifty percent of patients with COPD.

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Improve Your Body and Mind with These 15 Active and Oxygen-Friendly Hobbies for COPD

Sep 5, 2018 3:59:00 PM / by Duke Reeves posted in COPD, Tips and Hacks

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Everyone needs a hobby, and that's especially true for people with chronic diseases like COPD. Living with COPD can be stressful and difficult, and it's important to find activities you enjoy to brighten up your days.

 

Even though the symptoms of COPD can make some activities difficult, there are countless hobbies and activities you can still enjoy. Even if you suffer from severe shortness of breath, you can still find many fun ways to keep your body and mind active.

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The Majority of COPD Patients Use Their Inhaler Incorrectly. Are You One of Them?

Sep 3, 2018 3:01:00 PM / by Duke Reeves posted in COPD, Medication and Treatment, Tips and Hacks

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If you are like most people with COPD, then you probably use an inhaler every day. Inhaled medications like bronchodilators and steroids are some of the most important and effective medications for COPD—that is, as long as you use them correctly.

 

Unfortunately, studies show that many, if not most, people do not actually use their inhaler correctly. This is a huge problem for all patients who use inhalers, but especially for people with COPD.

 

Inhaler medications for COPD not only help you feel better, but they help stave off infections, flare-ups, and dangerous exacerbations that can make your disease worse. If you are not using your inhaler correctly, then you don't get the full dose of the medication you need to keep your symptoms under control.

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