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COPD can impact your life on a daily basis, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t opportunities to take control of the things that can trigger your symptoms. Regular treatment and a healthy lifestyle, including regular exercise, a balanced diet and use of breathing techniques, can help you manage COPD by controlling symptoms and slowing the development of further damage to your lungs¹.

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Follow your action plan

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Preparing and following an action plan can help you live as normal a life as possible with COPD. A COPD action plan is intended to give you instructions to follow depending on how you feel and the intensity of your symptoms. Action plans are usually structured into green, yellow and red zones that correspond with your symptoms, ranging from normal to more severe.

 

It is also important to stick to the plan even if your breathing feels OK. Seeing your doctor regularly gives you the chance to talk about how you are feeling generally, including flare-ups you may be having and possible changes to medication2.

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Stay connected with news and updates to help you live life with COPD on your terms.

 

Stay connected with news and updates to help you live life with COPD on your terms.

 

Stay connected with news and updates to help you live life with COPD on your terms.

 

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Avoid common COPD symptom triggers

COPD symptoms can be triggered by your environment, so being aware of what can cause a flare-up may help you better manage your condition day-to-day. Some suggestions to reduce COPD triggers include:

  • Avoid lung irritants, such as air pollution or chemical fumes by staying indoors on days when the air quality is poor
  • Improve the air quality inside your home with ventilation or an air purifier
  • Reduce mucus build-up by using a humidifier and drinking plenty of water
  • Don’t allow smoking in your home and avoid second-hand smoke outside
  • Reduce your chance of catching a cold or the flu by washing your hands frequently, avoiding large crowds during the winter season and making sure you have your scheduled vaccines

Consider making lifestyle changes

 

Regular treatment and maintaining a healthy lifestyle can not only help you manage your symptoms, but may aid in slowing the progression of COPD and help you enjoy an active life. Consider the following lifestyle changes and management tips3,4:

Smoking
Stop or avoid smoking
Excercise
Excercise regularly
Eating
Eating well and maintain a healthy weight
Relax
Practice breathing and relaxation techniques
Cough
Learn how to cough effectively
Trigger
Recognize and avoid the factors that trigger flare-ups
Action plan
Have an action plan for flare-ups
Taking medication
Taking your medication as prescribed
Talk to a doctor
See your doctor regularly, even if you feel well, and escpecially if you have any concerns

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Ideas and insights about living with COPD, empowering you to live life to the fullest while managing your condition.

Frequently asked questions

What is COPD?

COPD is a term that covers a number of progressive lung conditions that make breathing difficult, including chronic bronchitis and emphysema¹. One of the main causes is prolonged exposure to cigarette smoke, especially if the smoke is inhaled. However, breathing in second hand smoke, air pollution, chemical fumes and dust from the environment or workplace can also cause COPD².

 

1. Web MD. What is chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)? 
http://www.webmd.com/lung/copd/tc/chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-copd-overview
Accessed on 4 August 2015

2. Web MD. 10 FAQs About Living With COPDWhat is chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)? 
http://www.webmd.com/lung/copd/10-faqs-about-living-with-copd#2
Accessed on 5 August 2015

What are the symptoms of COPD?

A chronic cough, one that lasts for several weeks without the presence of other illness such as cold or flu, is the first sign of COPD. The cough is usually worse early in the morning, and may be aggravated by exercise or smoke. Other typical symptoms include shortness of breath, wheezing, tightness in the chest and increased mucus (or phlegm) production 1,2.

 

1. Healthline. Six signs of COPD. 
http://www.healthline.com/health-slideshow/copd-symptoms#9
Accessed on 24 June 2015.

2. European Lung Foundation. Lung Factsheet: Living well with COPD.

 

www.european-lung-foundation.org 
Accessed on 19 June 2015.

What causes COPD?

One of the main causes of COPD is prolonged exposure to cigarette smoke, especially if the smoke is inhaled. But breathing in secondhand smoke, air pollution, chemical fumes or dust from the workplace also can cause the condition1.

These inhaled particles can cause the mucus glands that line the bronchi to produce more mucus than normal. In addition, the inflammation that they trigger causes the walls of the bronchi to thicken and swell. Environmental factors and genetics may also play a part in the development of COPD 1,2.

 

1. Web MD. 10 FAQs About Living With COPDWhat is chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)? 
http://www.webmd.com/lung/copd/10-faqs-about-living-with-copd#2
Accessed on 5 August 2015

2. medicinenet.com. Chronic Bronchitis 
http://www.medicinenet.com/chronic_bronchitis/page3.htm

 

Accessed on 5 August 2015.

How is COPD treated?

Although there is no cure for COPD, there are many effective treatments available to help you manage your symptoms and slow the progression of COPD, so that you can live an active life1.

 

1. Healthline. COPD and You: Managing Your Symptoms.
http://www.healthline.com/health/copd/and-you-symptom-management#1

 

Accessed on 10 July 2015.

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References

 

Healthline. COPD: Treatment Options. http://www.healthline.com/health/copd/treatment-options#Overview1 Accessed on 3 August 2015.

American Lung Association. Instructions for COPD MANAGEMENT PLAN. http://www.lung.org/lung-disease/copd/living-with-copd/ala-copd-management-plan.pdf Accessed on 15 May 2015.

bettersleepandbreathing.com. Minimizing COPD Flareups. http://www.bettersleepandbreathing.com/post/78457078071/minimizing-copd-flareups Accessed on 3rd August 2015.
4 COPD Foundation. Staying Healthy and Avoiding Exacerbations. http://www.copdfoundation.org/What-is-COPD/Living-with-COPD/Staying-Healthy-and-Avoiding-Exacerbations.aspx Accessed on 3 August 2015.