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COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)

COPD Considerations for Cold Weather

With cold weather approaching, there are several special considerations to keep in mind for a COPD patient.

COPD is a disease in which the walls between the air sacs (alveoli) in the lungs are damaged. As a result, lungs lose their elasticity, and it becomes harder to breathe out.

Healthy lungs stretch as a person breathes in, and shrink back as a person breathes out. In COPD, air gets trapped in the lungs, making them too large for the chest cavity, which causes a person to become short of breath. Breathing in cold air can irritate the lungs and make these symptoms worse.

Additionally, during the winter months with the higher incidence of colds and flu cases, people with COPD are generally more at risk of a lung infection. To avoid infection and exacerbation, it's important to follow certain precautions:

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Last Reviewed: Dec 15, 2009

Phillip T Diaz, MD Phillip T Diaz, MD
Professor of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University

Mahasti   Rittinger, RRT Mahasti Rittinger, RRT
Clinical Program Manager of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care & Sleep
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University