The official blog of the Lung Institute.

Cold Weather Clothing for COPD

27 Oct 2015
| Under Lifestyle | Posted by | 17 Comments
Cold Weather Clothing for COPD

Cold Weather Clothing for COPD

Cold weather can cause difficulties for anyone, but for people with COPD, changes in the weather can affect their health. Whether it is too hot or too cold, these changes can trigger symptoms. There are many reasons you have to brave the cold, such as going to work, walking to your car or enjoying the outdoors. Thankfully, there are ways for you and your lungs to stay warmer by wearing cold weather clothing for COPD.

Dress for Cold Success

Invest in some clothes you can layer, such as undershirts or long underwear.  Wearing an extra layer or two can help keep your body warm and comfortable. Having a warm winter coat, gloves, socks and insulated boots are also a great idea to protect you from the cold. Another idea is to wear a scarf. Keeping your chest and neck warm can help you and your lungs function better.

Wear a Mask

Because the cold air can aggravate COPD symptoms, wearing a mask designed for people with lung disease could help you breathe more easily. According to The Wall Street Journal, an increase in symptoms for people with lung disease occurs because the “cold air is very dry, sucking moisture from bronchial passages and creating inflammation which narrows airways.” While more studies are needed to see if wearing a mask will ease cold weather symptoms, many organizations encourage people with COPD and lung disease to wear a mask.

There are masks made by various companies, such as Psolar, ColdAvenger and PolarWrap among others. Different companies offer diverse design and material options, but many of the companies use polar fleece, double layer fleece, neoprene or a combination of various fabrics.

Keep Oxygen Warm

If you need and use supplemental oxygen, you might notice that the oxygen becomes colder when you go outside in cold weather. One way to warm your oxygen is to keep the tubing underneath your shirt. Your natural body heat under your clothes will help keep the oxygen from becoming so cold.

Stay Prepared

Keep track of your medications and when you will need to refill them. Also, be aware of how much food and other supplies you have. By knowing what you already have and when you will need more of it, you can plan your time so that you can limit your time spent in the cold. If you need something but cannot go out to get it, you could call a friend or family member to ask for assistance. Make sure that the air filters and furnaces are clean so that your indoor air quality does not worsen your symptoms. If it is too cold outside and you do not feel comfortable, it is okay to stay inside where you are warm.

Staying warm in cold weather can be a challenge for anyone, but for someone with COPD, staying warm is important for better lung function. From wearing warm clothing to trying a specialized mask to keeping your oxygen hoses under your clothes, there are many ways to help you successfully manage the cold. The Lung Institute offers cellular therapy treatment for people with lung disease, so they can have a better quality of life. If you or a loved one has COPD, contact us at (800) 729-3065 to learn more about treatment options.


  1. PB

    2 years ago

    Dear Charlie,

    Thanks for your question. Because treatment cost varies depending on treatment type, speaking to a patient coordinator is the best way to learn about cost and to have your personal questions answered. Unfortunately, at this time, insurance companies don’t cover treatment. However, we’re hopeful that treatment will be covered by insurance companies in the near future. Keep in mind that it will take some time before the insurance companies see a financial benefit in their favor and then decide to cover it. In the meantime, you can learn more about cellular treatment options and have your questions answered by one of our patient coordinators. Feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149 for more information. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  2. Charlie

    2 years ago

    We notice when someone asks about the price you always skirt around the issue. Is it really that bad?
    I’m a 100% disabled vet and use only their ins. Is this option open to me?? You can answer me by e/mail.

  3. Pingback: Lung Institute | CT Masks for COPD

  4. Pingback: Lung Institute | Take Your Exercise Program Indoors

  5. Cameron Kennerly

    2 years ago

    Hello Sylvia,

    We’re sorry to hear about your struggle with COPD and we appreciate your interest in learning about cell therapy. In regards to your questions, please give us a call at 1-855-313-1149 and speak with one of our patient coordinators for more information. They’ll be able to discuss treatment options at length and answer any questions or concerns you may have regarding cell therapy.

    We look forward to hearing from you Sylvia,
    The Lung Institute

  6. PB

    2 years ago

    Hi, Nancy,

    Thank you for your comment and for sharing. We are glad to hear you are feeling stronger.


    The Lung Institute

  7. Nancy Hein

    2 years ago

    This comment is for Cathy. Borrow the money needed for the treatment from family, friends or a bank. It is so worth it. I am five weeks post treatment and I am getting my life back. Every day I get stronger and breathe easier. This is a miracle, don’t let it pass you by.

  8. Sylvia W

    2 years ago

    I never smoked. I did grow up with parents that were heavy smokers. (they both quit years ago when I was a young adult). I always had problems breathing in regard to strenuous exercise in childhood (I was a runner/sprinter) but was never diagnosed with asthma until I was in my 30s. Even then I did not get treatment until my 40s and that was due to the fact that I was starting to have constant exacerbations in regard to breathing and ending up in the ER frequently. I was sent to a physician who was a former Respiratory therapist and she immediately put me on a treatment plan but still I have had numerous probems and am considered a “hard to control Asthmatic” and also as having COPD. This is very frustrating for me. My pulmonary physician was trying to request a procedure in which stents could be put in my broncholi (SP) but my insurance turned it down, even though it is a procedure that is covered by Medicare. I am too young for Medicare. I recently became disabled because of my lung problems. Is Stem cell treatment covered under insurance? What percentage of people are actually helped or show improvement. According to the procedure regarding stent placement, it is being stated that 80% of people show improvement. How does that compare in regard to Stem cell therapy?

  9. Carol

    2 years ago

    Thanks for your info. I would love to see more about the masks!

  10. PB

    2 years ago

    Hi, Marj,

    Thank you for your comment and for sharing your COPD story. COPD affects everyone differently, so it’s important to keep track of what seems to make your symptoms flare-up. It sounds like you are doing a good job of noting what makes your symptoms worse. Remember that it’s very important to tell your doctor about any symptoms you are having so that you and your doctor can work together to figure out the best plan of action.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  11. Marj Watts

    2 years ago

    I have been told I have COPD, and had the various tests done. I definitely cannot breathe normally, get short of breath with mild exertion most of the time, yet cold air seems to make me breathe more easily! Steamy showers are the worst, and I quickly get out or leave the exhaust on and the door open. I do not wheeze or cough, just can’t breathe. Is this considered normal for COPD??

  12. sh

    2 years ago

    Dear Kathy,

    We’re sorry to hear about the difficulties you’re having. Perhaps you might consider crowdfunding. GoFundMe is a great way to crowdfund; we recently wrote a blog with a few unconventional fundraising ideas. You can read it here: http://lunginstitute.com/blog/fundraising-ideas/. If you would like to find out more about our available treatment options, and perhaps discuss funding treatment, please contact one of our patient care coordinators at (855) 313-1149 to schedule a free consultation. Don’t give up, and best regards.


  13. sh

    2 years ago

    You’re welcome, Jackie.
    Best Wishes,
    The Lung Institute

  14. Jackie Franklin

    2 years ago

    Thank you about the cold weather and what to do

  15. Kathy

    2 years ago

    I wish I could afford the cell procedure. Im only 55 yrs old and on oxygen 24/7.
    I hate not working. Lpn for 20 yrs. loved my work.

  16. PB

    2 years ago

    Hi Diana,

    Thanks for your comment. We’re glad that you found the information helpful. You could try searching online or at a local outdoor outfitters store to find the kind of mask you want.

    The Team at the Lung Institute

  17. Diana Blosser

    2 years ago

    Thanks for info. Where do I find a ” cold weather mask ” that doesn’t make me look like a ” robber” ? I have a black felt one but I’m afraid to wear it out in public.
    Thank you .

All claims made regarding the efficacy of Lung Institute's treatments as they pertain to pulmonary conditions are based solely on anecdotal support collected by Lung Institute. Individual conditions, treatment and outcomes may vary and are not necessarily indicative of future results. Testimonial participation is voluntary. Lung Institute does not pay for or script patient testimonials.

As required by Texas state law, the Lung Institute Dallas Clinic has received Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval from MaGil IRB, now Chesapeake IRB, which is fully accredited by the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Program (AAHRPP), for research protocols and procedures. The Lung Institute has implemented these IRB approved standards at all of its clinics nationwide. Approval indicates that we follow rigorous standards for ethics, quality, and protections for human research.