If you have COPD, you probably already know that summer heat can make your disease harder to deal with.
Being in hot weather may not feel like exercise, but the two have at least one thing in common. In hot weather, and during a workout, your body uses more energy than normal. While exercising, your body is using energy to move. In the heat, your body is using extra energy to maintain your body temperature.
When your body uses more energy, it needs more oxygen. This means that both exercise and hot weather can make your body work harder to get more air into your lungs. If you have Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), hot weather can make breathing more difficult.
Summer also brings additional issues for people who have COPD:
Breathing in hot air can make the passages in your airways contract, which makes it harder for air to pass through them.
Smog and pollution often increase in summer, which can make breathing more difficult for someone with a respiratory condition.
Plant allergens associated with the growing season can make COPD worse.
High humidity only adds to the problem.
Since you can’t control the weather, what are your alternatives? What can you do about the effects of heat, smog, shortness of breath, allergens and humidity?