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Respiratory Resource Center

How COPD Affects Men and Women Differently

Feb 15, 2019 10:29:15 AM / by Duke Reeves posted in COPD, Medication and Treatment, Tips and Hacks

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COPD affects more than 11 million people in the US, both men and women alike. However, there are some noticeable differences between how men and women are affected by the disease.


For example, in recent years, significantly more women than men have been diagnosed with COPD. Men and women can also have different COPD symptoms, and gender can even affect how quickly the disease progresses and gets worse.


Other differences show up in the doctor's office, when doctors give different care to men and women with early symptoms of the disease. This results in many women having to wait longer to get tested and diagnosed for COPD.

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Another Reason to Get Your Flu Shot: It Could Mean Life or Death for Someone with COPD

Jan 24, 2019 11:07:07 AM / by Duke Reeves posted in COPD, Medication and Treatment, Tips and Hacks

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Influenza—also known as the flu—is one of the most common and deadly viruses that spreads throughout the US every year. With the peak of the flu season beginning in January and continuing through March, now is the time to get your flu vaccine if you haven't done so already.


Experts recommend that every person over 6 months old get the flu shot every year, but it is especially important for older adults and people with serious health conditions. This applies particularly to people with chronic respiratory diseases like COPD, who have a much higher risk of experiencing life-threatening complications if they get exposed to the flu.

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How to Use Good Personal Hygiene to Improve Your Health with COPD

Jan 18, 2019 10:46:43 AM / by Duke Reeves posted in COPD, Tips and Hacks

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Personal hygiene is one of those things that everyone knows is important, but few actually take seriously enough. For most people, hygiene is simply a routine part of life, not something they go out of their way to think about pay attention to.


But if you suffer from COPD, it's important to make good personal hygiene a top priority in your daily routine. Proper hygiene is your very first line of defense against illnesses and dangerous COPD exacerbations that can make your disease even worse.


However, practicing good personal hygiene takes more effort than most people think. Doing it right takes extra time out of the busy day, and it's very tempting to cut corners to save time.

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COPD and CO2 Retention: What You Need to Know

Jan 16, 2019 9:52:06 AM / by Duke Reeves posted in COPD, Medication and Treatment, Respiratory Resource Center, Tips and Hacks, diet, portable oxygen concentrator, oxygen therapy


Because COPD is a breathing disorder, most of the symptoms of the disease are caused by not being able to get enough oxygen when you breathe. However, there is another, equally serious breathing problem that COPD patients face, which is not exhaling enough carbon dioxide (CO2) when they breathe—known as CO2 retention.


When this happens, it allows excess carbon dioxide to build up in your blood, which can cause serious symptoms and make it more difficult to breathe. Although it is most likely to happen to patients suffering from severe COPD, anyone with the disease, especially those using supplemental oxygen, are at risk for CO2 retention.


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16 Questions You Should Ask Your Doctor About COPD

Jan 14, 2019 10:24:22 AM / by Duke Reeves posted in COPD, Medication and Treatment, Tips and Hacks


Whether you've been recently diagnosed with COPD or have been living with the condition for years, you are bound to have lots of questions. These might include questions about your health, your disease, your medications, your treatment options, and more.


As these questions come up over the course of your COPD treatment, your doctor will be your primary source for answers. But in order to get the right answers and the information you need, you first have to know what questions to ask.


Communication between doctors and patients should never be one-way; it's just as important for you to communicate with your doctor as it is for him to explain information to you. In order to get the best treatment possible, you need to keep track of all your questions, articulate your concerns, and remember to bring them up with your doctor when you have the chance.

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Everything You Need to Know About Taking a Cruise on Oxygen

Jan 9, 2019 9:27:27 AM / by Duke Reeves posted in Portable Oxygen, Tips and Hacks



Planning a big trip is never a simple task, but it can be especially difficult if you use supplemental oxygen. It can be complicated, stressful, and even feel overwhelming to travel when you have to bring oxygen everywhere you go.


Cruises can be even more daunting than other types of travel, since they are relatively long and remote excursions. They take you far from home and in to foreign places, which requires some extra planning and care.


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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 Cleaning Products Are Damaging Your Lungs

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


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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