The high temperatures of summer can make Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) harder to deal with. The body works harder to regulate body temperature. Harder work takes more oxygen, which can lead to shortness of breath. Plant allergens associated with the growing season can also make COPD worse. High humidity can add to the problem.
As summer heats up, have a plan to manage your COPD. Stock up on allergy prescriptions. In the heat of the day, spend time indoors with air conditioning and a good air filtration system. If you have to stay indoors, don’t spend all of your time sitting. Movement may help reduce shortness of breath and improve your body’s use of oxygen. Plan to move, either with a treadmill, an exercise video or dancing.