Breathing conditions, like chronic bronchitis and emphysema (COPD), aren’t exactly temperature-dependent, but your experience may vary with the season. For example, the cold dry air may irritate your lungs in the winter, and you may be limited by heat, humidity, pollen, and smog in the summer.

Since it’s summertime now, let’s talk about some strategies to manage symptoms and keep up healthy habits in the summer months!

Too hot to take a walk?

You may have better luck earlier in the morning or later in the evening when there tends to be less heat. You could also try walking in an air-conditioned grocery store, department store, mall complex, or even around the house!

Worried about air quality?

Pollen and pollution can certainly be an issue with chronic bronchitis and emphysema! You can get the daily forecast for air quality in your area, and if conditions aren’t conducive to going outside, there are plenty of things you can do indoors. Whip up a satisfying smoothie, give adult coloring a try (or try out a zentangle), or ask your Health Advisor about no-equipment exercises you can do in your living room.

There are also a few things you can do to reduce exposure. To reduce exposure outside, try wearing a mask or a scarf. To reduce your exposure inside, keep windows and doors closed.

What about humidity?

The danger with humidity is that it can lead to an increase in indoor air pollutants such as dust mites, bacteria, and viruses, all of which can make your symptoms worse. Ask your Health Advisor for tips to keep your home as clean and dry as possible.

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