CHARLESTON INTERNAL MEDICINE WANTS TO HELP YOU MANAGE YOUR COPD THIS SUMMER
Remember when you were young and couldn’t wait until summer was here? Feeling the sun on you is one of life’s great pleasures, and we need vitamin D, but when the humidity starts to rise our airways start to struggle. People with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)find that they have to be a little more aware of what a summer day is going to bring.
For people with COPD, hot summer days are uncomfortable and can even be dangerous in some situations according to Deborah Leader, RN and About.com guide writer. The reason is the body must work extra hard to maintain a comfortable inner temperature when heat and humidity outside skyrocket. If you have COPD, your body works hard enough to get the oxygen it needs even in ideal circumstances. That means summer heat can cause added shortness of breath and even result in constriction of the airways making it even more difficult to breathe than usual.