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The Best Weather for COPD: Where to Go and What to Avoid

21 Dec 2016
| Under COPD, Lifestyle, Lung Disease | Posted by | 27 Comments
The Best Weather for COPD: Where to Go and What to Avoid

What’s the best weather for COPD when heat, cold, altitude and humidity are all things to consider?

Living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) can be difficult enough without disease symptoms being further aggregated by poor weather conditions. For those living with the disease, a drop in temperature can mean the difference between breathing easier and having increased mobility, to a deteriorating quality of life punctuated by a respiratory difficulties and chronic fatigue. Warm climates can be incredibly beneficial to those with COPD as warm air is typically easier to breath than cold air. However, if that warm climate is coupled with higher levels of humidity, the combination can create a muggy, heavy atmosphere, making regular breathing all the more difficult. Although alternative treatment options exist that work to alleviate the various symptoms of chronic lung disease as well as the disease’s progression, understanding the effect of weather on respiratory health is critical to living a healthier life.

With your health in mind, the Lung Institute is here to give you a clear understanding of The Best Weather for COPD: Where to Go and What to Avoid.

How Does the Weather Affect COPD?

Let’s start with cold weather. As we’ve mentioned before, extreme cold weather can be dangerous for those living with COPD. Not only do cold and windy days cause fatigue and shortness of breath, but cold weather has frequently been linked to increased COPD hospital admissions as colder temperatures cause the blood vessels to narrow, restricting blood flow and ultimately oxygen throughout the body.

On the other hand, extreme heat can have a similarly debilitating effect on those with lung disease. As the aging process makes regulating the body’s temperature more difficult, COPD-related hospital admissions are known to rise among periods of excessive heat for adults 65 and older. In essence, breathing in hot air can worsen lung diseases such as COPD and promote airway inflammation. Imagine walking into a sauna. The heat can feel oppressive, restrictive and suffocating without time to adapt. For those with COPD, adapting to such overbearing heat is next to impossible and is better to avoid altogether.

The Best Weather for COPD: Where to Go and What to Avoid

The Best Weather for COPD

When it comes to maintaining a healthy respiratory system, optimal weather conditions can be a huge help. In regards to elevation, although altitudes around sea level can have little effect on respiratory health, altitudes above 2000 (such as those found in Colorado) can gradually improve respiratory health as the body begins to adjust to the thinner amount of oxygen in the air. However, these elevations can prove to be particularly challenging for those with chronic lung disease, so any travel plans to an area of high elevation should be made after first consulting with one’s primary physician.

Regarding a clean atmosphere, an area known for pollution should also be avoided as airborne particulates may further aggravate COPD symptoms and progression. Areas of high humidity can also prove to be detrimental to respiratory health as the increased water vapor in the air can ultimately make breathing more difficult, increasing airborne particulates such as mold and pollen.

Where to Go and What to Avoid

When seeking a COPD-friendly destination and the best weather for COPD, temperatures should be generally mild, whether leaning hot or cold. Under the right temperature, a beach would be an excellent location as the salt filled air can have a beneficial effect on the lungs. An ideal location would be one that is free of pollution, is open rather than being clustered (New York City) and is generally free of pollen and other airborne particulates. The west can serve as an ideal location for visiting and relocating and has been recommended by many physicians due to its decreased humidity.

Moving Forward…

It’s important to know the road ahead in the treatment of COPD. Although COPD can seem insurmountable, new discoveries are being made every day in the field of stem cell research, and the first step to living a longer life is finding the best treatment plan for you. Changing one’s diet and consistently exercising are among the best lifestyle changes one can do aside from quitting smoking. It may be time to consider stem cell therapy. Rather than only addressing the symptoms of lung disease, stem cell therapy may affect disease progression and may improve quality of life and pulmonary function. For people with lung disease, a change in quality of life could mean the difference between struggling to walk to the mailbox and riding a bike.

If you or a loved one suffers from a chronic disease like ILD, COPD, pulmonary fibrosis or other symptoms of lung disease, the Lung Institute may be able to help with a variety of adult stem cell treatment options. Contact us today at (800) 729-3065 to see if you qualify for stem cell therapy, and find out what stem cell therapy could mean for you.

Interested in our The Best Weather for COPD: Where to Go and What to Avoid? Share your thoughts and comments below.

27 Comments

  1. Lung Institute

    3 months ago

    Dot,

    Thank you for your comment. There are some places that make it easier to live with COPD. Please refer to our post, The Best and Worst Places to Live with COPD, for additional information: https://lunginstitute.com/blog/the-best-and-worst-places-to-live-with-copd/. Your doctor should also be able to make some helpful recommendations. We wish you the best as you search for the best place for you and your husband.

    -Lung Institute

  2. Lung Institute

    3 months ago

    Marilyn,

    Thank you for your comment. I’m sorry that you’ve been having a hard time. It can be scary to experience panic attacks and difficulty breathing. We would be happy to answer any questions that you have about treatment and cost. Please call (888) 510-7519 for more information.

    -Lung Institute

  3. M R in Missouri

    3 months ago

    Since insurance doesnt cover this what is the average price? Ill start saving. I have been waking up with panic attacks And find im struggle to bReath. I have the air conditioner on high and a fan blowing in my face otherwise i just cant get the air in. So i just need to know how much to save up!

  4. Dot

    3 months ago

    my husband has COPD, pulmonary Hypertension, congestive heart failure and is on oxygen 24/7. We live in reno nv and the doctors recommend we move where the altitude is low and the heat is not like Las Vegas. Humidity also seems to be bad. Do you have any suggestions??

  5. Carol Fleming

    3 months ago

    Is 95 WIth feel like 104 too hot for copd

  6. GENE

    3 months ago

    I lIVE IN CHICAGO AND SINCE JULY 2ND THE AIR IN LAKE GENEVA WI AND IN COOK COUNTY HAS BEEN HORRIBLE AND I FIND MY SELF NEEDING A NIBULISER

  7. Phoebe

    5 months ago

    Hi Carrie,

    While weather can affect people with COPD and other chronic lung diseases, it affects everyone differently. For some people, drier conditions help them feel like they can breathe better. For others, more humid conditions help them feel like it’s easier to breathe. If you’re noticing a change in your symptoms or are having more difficulty breathing, we recommend you talk with your doctor. Your doctor knows you and your health situation well, so your doctor will be able to best guide you. While you’re talking with your doctor, we recommend asking for his or her advice on places to live.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  8. Carrie Johnson

    5 months ago

    I’m 77 yr. Old lady I’m on oxygen at night and I have to use it in the daytime now and again. my breathing is not good. I live in Las Vegas NV. but I’m from Seattle Washington, I think that my breathing is worse here where is the best place for me to be. Please help me with any information on this thanks Carrie……

  9. Phoebe

    5 months ago

    Hi Sharon,

    Climate and weather can affect people’s COPD and symptoms differently. In addition, different areas have varying kinds of allergens. Because of this, it’s important to discuss your questions about moving to southern Florida with your doctor before you decide to move. Your doctor can help you make the best decision for you and your lungs.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  10. Sharon

    5 months ago

    I have copd. I’m 46 yrs old, I live in iowa. I really want to move to Florida! Would this be better for my lungs? Southern Florida is where I’m looking!

  11. Taylor

    7 months ago

    I am thinking about moving to Baltimore MARYLAND , how will that weather affect my copd?

  12. Matt

    8 months ago

    Hello Gary,
    Thank you for your post. The Lung Institute operates five nationwide clinics, with Dallas being the closest to Rockport. For more information, please give us a call at (855) 313-1149. Thanks again and have a great day.

  13. Gary Beyer

    8 months ago

    Love your report. I live in Rockport Texas, any chance of y’all getting a
    a practice in this neck of the woods? Can’t travel very far, but it sure is great that God made people like y’all !

  14. M R

    9 months ago

    Hello Helen,
    Thank you for your question. Since opening our doors more than three years ago, we’ve treated more than 3,000 lung disease patients with stem cell therapy. In our most recent patient outcomes survey, 84.5 percent of COPD patients saw an improvement in quality of life. You can look over this survey by clicking the link here.
    If you’re based in Ocala, our Tampa clinic is closest to you. If you have any questions, please give us a call at (855) 313-1149. Thanks again and have a great day.

  15. M R

    9 months ago

    Hello Warren,
    Thank you for your question. Unfortunately, insurance does not cover our treatment at this time. It usually takes several years before insurance companies begin covering newer medical treatments, once they’ve seen a financial benefit in their favor first. Click here to learn more about this. Please give us a call at (855) 313-1149 and one of our patient coordinators can go over all your options with you. Thanks again and have a great day.

  16. Warren

    9 months ago

    Does the VA cover any of the expenses? I would be willing to give it a try. I don’t want to end up on oxygen.

  17. Charlene

    9 months ago

    Thinking of moving to Tennessee . It seems I breathe better when I’m there .

  18. Nancy Anspaugh

    9 months ago

    I would love to take advantage of stem cell treatment but I will have to wait until insurance/medicare will cover some of it. Hurry!!

  19. Helen Harvey

    9 months ago

    What are the percentages of those with COPD that are significantly helped using the new stem cell treatments? I know this is new, but not so new that numbers and percentages of those with little to no positive results can’t be listed. What is an average cost in my area, Ocala Florida?

  20. M R

    9 months ago

    Hello Kathy,
    Thank you for your comment. The Lung Institute does not operate any clinics in Mexico, or any other place outside the United States. Our five clinics are located in Pittsburgh, PA; Nashville, TN; Tampa, FL; Dallas, TX; and Scottsdale, AZ. If you have any questions, please give us a call at (855) 313-1149. Thanks again and have a great day.

  21. Kathy Gatewood

    9 months ago

    Do they offer this treatment in Mexico? If so where?

  22. PB

    9 months ago

    Dear Rita,

    Thanks for your comment and for sharing some of your story with us. We’re glad you found our article helpful. Keep checking-in with our blog to read articles on a variety of topics to help people with lung disease breathe easier. We wish you the best.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  23. Rita

    9 months ago

    I couldn’t agree more regarding your article about weather affecting breathing. I
    moved from Palm Desert to San Diego for that reason. In the summer I was almost
    unable to get from the car indoors

  24. Cameron Kennerly

    9 months ago

    Hello Gwen,

    We just did a quick search for you and the current air quality in Prague is considered to be moderate. To put this in perspective, it’s probably comparable to another major city like New York or Chicago. However, in the summer the city’s general air quality is quite mild. In preparation for the trip, we’d advise bringing your typical medications (inhalers, pills, oxygen, etc.) and to try to enjoy yourself as much as possible. If you experience difficulties in breathing and getting around, feel free to take a break from the group and spend some time doing lighter activities in and around your place of lodging. A little independence can be immensely freeing.

    Keep us updated on your health and let us know how the trip goes!

    Best,

    -The Lung Institute

  25. Gwen

    9 months ago

    How does one go about finding out environmental factors in foreign countries? I have a chance to visit the Czech Republic this summer (around the Prague area) but do not want to go if it poses problems in my breathing. I will be with a group, so I surely do not want to impose on them my lack of being able to join in the fun. Thank You

  26. sh

    10 months ago

    Hello, Arlene.
    Insurance companies and Medicare don’t yet cover treatment. However, we’re hopeful that treatment will be covered by insurance companies and Medicare in the near future. It will take some time before insurance companies see a financial advantage and decide to cover it. We’re happy to answer your questions about stem cell treatment for COPD and other chronic lung diseases, so feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149 to speak one-on-one with a patient coordinator. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Best Regards,
    The Lung Institute

  27. Arlene

    10 months ago

    Knowing how Stem Cell Therapy works when will the Insurance companies and medical professionals (i.e. oncologists ) make the treatment affordable. It’s not complicated and can be bought in Mexico for much less money.

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