How do you manage COPD during the summer to avoid complications and an exacerbation in symptoms

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The heat and humidity present in summer days tends to cause an exacerbation of COPD symptoms and COPD complications.

Share how you manage your COPD during the summer to avoid COPD complications and an increase in symptoms?

Beginning of the discussion - 7/15/19

How do you manage COPD during the summer to avoid complications and an exacerbation in symptoms
Member Carenity
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I do experience an increase in shortness of breath with the increase in humidity here. I try to stay indoors more in the summer, but I went with my wife to a winery today and I began to feel shortness of breath on the walk indoors because it was a prety hot day. I made sure to drink a lot of water, but the heat and the little bit of wine, was probably not ideal.

How do you manage COPD during the summer to avoid complications and an exacerbation in symptoms
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I use a dehumidified indoors and limit my exposure to outside when the humidity is high and the heat is intense. I find the dehumidifier helps. But I do limit the time outside and I do not try to push it... that is for sure.

How do you manage COPD during the summer to avoid complications and an exacerbation in symptoms
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@Hidden username what's a dehumidifier you recommend? I haven't found a good one @Hidden username 

How do you manage COPD during the summer to avoid complications and an exacerbation in symptoms
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i also try to stay indoors as much as possible in the summer which causes some sadness and FOMO seeing others enjoying summer is tough but I guess that is just the card i am dealt with . it has been more humid than normal lately due to so much rain so these days especially i stay indoors!

How do you manage COPD during the summer to avoid complications and an exacerbation in symptoms
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i totally hear you on the FOMO during the summer - it sucks that you have to take more precautious to keep you healthy and okay which often means not being able to do what others do.  i stay indoors for the most part as well but also try to still live as "normal" a life as i can.. i was also recently at a winery and ended up having a pretty good time... no wine for me though :)