Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a disease that causes breathlessness, coughs, and chronic sputum production.
Today marks the 19th Annual World COPD day and we have some helpful advice for those who have a confirmed diagnosis.
- It is extremely important you take all your medications as prescribed. Your inhalers will only help you if you use it correctly and your doctor, nurse or pharmacist can show you how.
- COPD mainly is a smoking related disease and the best thing you can do is stop . There is support available on how to quit from your doctor ,nurse or pharmacist.
- Exercise and pulmonary rehabilitation can help improve your breathing, fitness and quality of life. Stay as active as you can and try to exercise daily to maintain fitness levels.
- Singing is a great work out for your lungs… you don’t need to be a professional to enjoy the benefits.
- Eating well and keeping a healthy weight can also help, try and eat fresh fruit and vegetables daily.
- Having your yearly flu jab and any other vaccinations that may be relevant are key to helping you stay well. Remember prevention is better than cure.
- Take care of your feelings, don’t bottle things up talk to family, friends or health professionals. There is further information and resources on the British Lung foundation web site.