Managing COAD Better – Your Daily Checklist

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Managing COAD Better – Your Daily Checklist

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (including chronic bronchitis and emphysema) is a slowly progressive airway disease that produces a serious decrease in lung function, which is not fully reversible. The most common symptoms of COPD include shortness of breath, chronic coughing, chest tightness, a greater effort to breathe, increased mucus production and frequent clearing of the throat. Because of difficulty in breathing performing even the least of activity can be difficult for a COPD patient, but by judiciously pacing the day-to-day activities one can easily cope with COPD.

The following health friendly tips may help you breathe easy and lead a more productive life:

  • On getting up in the morning move out of the bed slowly; while still in bed try doing some stretching and relaxing exercises.
  • Try making your bed while getting out of it; fold the covers/blankets in half towards your feet then smoothen them out and so on.
  • Always keep things such as dressing gown, slippers near your bed at night and wear them before getting out of bed, so that you are not exposed to sudden temperature change.
  • At night while retiring to bed keep phone, water, medications within easy reach.
  • Use a bath stool.
  • Use a exhaust fan in bathroom to get rid of excess humidity.
  • Avoid wearing tight fitting clothes such as stockings, undergarments with tight elastic bands.
  • While dusting cover your nose with a mask/scarf.
  • Aerosols for cleaning/ mites/ room freshening should be strictly avoided.
  • While working in the kitchen, use an exhaust fan and a small portable fan to ensure good ventilation.
  • Use a cart to carry things that need to be transferred from one place to another (e.g. laundry, dirty dishes or while shopping etc.)
  • Be extra cautious during high pollen season. Wear a mask.
  • In cold weather wear a light weight coat and scarf.
  • While traveling carry a suitcase with wheels.
  • If someone near you is smoking don’t hesitate in asking them to stop; prefer to sit in non-smoking sections in the restaurant.
  • Try taking your medicines at the same time everyday (you are less likely to forget this way).
  • Learn to use inhalers properly.
  • Use oxygen therapy only when prescribed and do not alter flow rate without consulting your doctor.
  • Warm-up your lungs before exercising; learn the ‘Pursed Lip’ breathing technique.
  • Inhale through your nose; the stomach should move outwards and diaphragm should pull in towards your lungs.
  • Exhale through your mouth, slowly, taking twice the time you take to breath in.
  • While breathing out through the mouth your lips should be pursed together.
  • Pursed lip breathing should to be done while exercising as well.
  • Walking 3-4 times daily for about 15 minutes can be helpful.

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