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COPD in Winter: The Best Cold Weather COPD Tips

12 Dec 2016
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COPD in Winter: The Best Cold Weather COPD Tips

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. Here are ways for you and your lungs to stay warmer with COPD in Winter: The Best Cold Weather COPD Tips .

Dress for the Cold

Apologies if this seems obvious, but if you haven’t already done so for COPD in winter, invest in some clothes you can wear in layers. Try clothes like long-sleeved undershirts and long underwear.  An extra layer or two can help you stay warm and comfortable, and wearing layers means you can better adjust to changing temperatures, as opposed to simply relying on a heavy coat. When your layers make you too warm, you can simply take a layer off.

If you’re not accustomed to wearing a scarf, give it a try. It’s amazing how far a bit of comfort around your neck can go, and the warmer you keep your body’s core, the better you’ll be able to breathe, especially when you’re wearing the best cold weather clothing.

Wear a Mask for COPD in Winter

If you have a chronic lung disease, you know how changes in the weather affect your health.  Cold air can aggravate COPD symptoms, so wearing a mask designed for people with lung disease could help you breathe more easily. While more studies are needed to see if wearing a mask will ease cold weather and COPD in winter symptoms, many organizations encourage people with COPD and lung disease to wear them.

Masks are made by companies like Psolar, ColdAvenger and PolarWrap, among others. Different designs and material options are available, but many companies use polar fleece, double layer fleece, neoprene or a combination of fabrics and materials.

One commonly recommended mask for people with COPD is the CT Mask, made by Air Guard Medical Products, Co. The CT Mask was made to give people with lung disease the ability to breathe warm, moist air outdoors in cold weather. The thermal exchange module captures the heat and moisture from your exhaled breath and then transfers the warm, moist air into your next inhaled breath. No matter what type of mask you try, remember to discuss your options with your doctor before using the mask.

COPD in Winter: The Best Cold Weather COPD Tips

Keep Oxygen Tubing Warm

If you use supplemental oxygen, you might notice that the oxygen becomes colder when you go outside in cold weather. Take proactive steps to keep your lungs warm by keeping your oxygen tubing under warm clothing. Your body heat will help keep the oxygen from becoming so cold. Combined with wearing a mask designed for people with lung disease, these measures could help you breathe more easily and feel more comfortable outside with COPD in winter.

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 with COPD in winter.

Along with keeping your lungs warm, many people report feeling better and breathing better after having stem cell treatment for COPD. The Lung Institute offers stem cell therapy treatment for people with lung diseases, such as COPD, emphysema, pulmonary fibrosis and others, so people can have a better quality of life. If you or a loved one has COPD other another chronic lung disease, contact us at (800) 729-3065 to learn more about treatment options.

31 Comments

  1. M R

    10 months ago

    Hello Vicky,
    Thank you for your questions. Unfortunately, COPD is a chronic lung disease which gets worse over time. This has led to people seeking alternative treatment options. In our most recent patient outcomes survey, 84.5 percent of COPD patients saw an improvment in quality of life. You can learn more about our patient outcomes survey by clicking the link. If you have any other specific questions, please give us a call at (855) 313-1149. Thanks again and have a great day.

  2. M R

    10 months ago

    Hello Elmer,
    Those are all great concerns to have and questions we get regularly. Please reach out to our Patient Relations Manager, Laurie, who can answer these questions for you and provide clarification. She can be reached at (813) 867-8926. Have a great day.

  3. M R

    10 months ago

    Hello Arlene,
    Thank you for your question. The Lung Institute operates five nationwide clinics. Our Tampa clinic is the closest clinic to Gainesville. Please give us a call at (855) 313-1149 and one of our patient coordinators will gladly go over any questions you may have. Thanks again and have a great day.

  4. M R

    10 months ago

    Hello Robert,
    Thank you for your question. It is an out-patient procedure done over a three-day period. Please give us a call at (855) 313-1149. That way one of our patient coordinators can go over all the details of the procedure. Thanks again and have a great day.

  5. M R

    10 months ago

    Hello Shelia,
    Thank you for your question. You can follow this link in order to hear from past patients sharing their stem cell therapy stories. If you have any questions, please give us a call at (855) 313-1149. Thanks again and have a great day.

  6. Vicky Taylor

    10 months ago

    My question now is if insurance don’t cover stem cell therapy. l’m thinking this is just experimental and may not work for everyone??

    Explain to people like me. Why are you recommending stem cell therapy if most people with lung diseases are not working and by the time they find out thier lung are worse they are older. Keep in mind your said for people with COPD not Ashma. l have a problem with any one offering false hope. Thank you for a response.

  7. Shelia

    10 months ago

    considering this for my 40 year old daughter who has been diagnosed with enphesma .. I would to hear from anyone who has had this procedure done

  8. elmer n. knight

    10 months ago

    my doctors at UFjax Abubakr a. Bajwa, Vandana K. Saeram and James D. Curry says that ther is only one stem cell research company reconized by the f.d.a. and it’s based in Miami. they also said that stem cells can go to your kidneys ,lungs,heart, liver theres no way of knowing. please respond.

  9. Arlene Carle

    10 months ago

    any doctors in Gainesville.Fla. do stem science work

  10. Robert c smith

    10 months ago

    Is stem cell a out patient procedure or would one have to plan on a stay out of town I’m in North Carolina the Tennessee office would be closer . Doctor said I only have 35% lung function left .

  11. M R

    10 months ago

    Hello Jerry,
    Thank you for your question. Please give us a call at (855) 313-1149 and one of our patient coordinators can go over all your questions in greater detail. Thanks again and have a great day.

  12. M R

    10 months ago

    Hello Dennis,
    Thank you for your comment. Unfortunately, there is no cure for chronic lung disease. Fortunately, with treatment options like stem cell therapy, people can help combat symptoms and improve quality of life. For more information, please give us a call at (855) 313-1149 and one of our patient coordinators can go over all your questions with you. Thanks again and have a great day.

  13. M R

    10 months ago

    Hello Kaye,
    Thank you for your question. We offer a minimally evasive procedure which you can learn more about by clicking the link. We’d also recommend giving us a call at (855) 313-1149. That way one of our patient coordinators can answer all your questions in greater detail. Thanks again and have a great day.

  14. M R

    10 months ago

    Hello Kathleen,
    Thank you for your question. There is no cut-off date for when someone can or can’t receive stem cell therapy. For more information about the treatment and cost, please give us a call at (855) 313-1149. That way we can go over all your all your questions in greater detail. Thanks again and have a great day.

  15. Dennis Russell

    10 months ago

    I go see a regular doctor here and lately a PUlmonologist, I also went to the VA several years ago where I was rated 60% lung function because of contaminates while serving in the military plus I used to be a Heavy smoker I quit in 1996. I asked the doctors about Stem cell research they told me there is no such thing but is in the works, looks promising in ten to twenty years but not now. told me if I went and proceeded to get stem cell process in six months I would be going again, and that there wasn’t any long term cure

  16. M R

    10 months ago

    Hello Boyd,
    Thank you for your question. The Lung Institute operates five clinics across the U.S. including Pittsburgh, Nashville, Dallas, Tampa and Scottsdale. Unfortunately, insurance does not cover our treatment at this time. It usually takes several years before insurance companies begin covering newer medical procedures, once they’ve seen a financial benefit in their favor first. If you have any questions, please give us a call at (855) 313-1149. Thanks again and have a great day.

  17. itacaman@twc.com

    10 months ago

    Thank you for your honest answers regarding copd.
    I understand insurance companies and how they prefer making money,
    but, what is the going cost for this stem cell treatment?
    I will now be asking my doctor about about this and I cannot whait.
    Thank you for these reports.
    Jerry

  18. kathleen

    10 months ago

    How much is the cost of stem cell I know hard to answer but maybe a little info on cost. Is there a cutoff date regarding one’s age?
    THankyou

  19. Regina A Baker

    10 months ago

    I have noticed my breathing is worse during cold weather. I imagine these tips will also work for my sarcoidosis. Thank you.

  20. Kaye Riopelle

    10 months ago

    What does the stem cell procedure entail? Is it painful. I have low tolerance for pain.

  21. Boyd Palmer

    10 months ago

    Where in San Antonio is this available and is it covered by Medicaid

  22. M R

    10 months ago

    Hello John,
    Thank you for your question. In regards to stem cell therapy, the VA does not cover our treatments at this time. It usually takes several years before insurance companies begin covering newer medical procedures. If you have any questions, please give us a call at (855) 313-1149. Thanks again and have a great day.

  23. John Hazeltine

    10 months ago

    Does the VA cover service people who have COPD?

  24. Cameron Kennerly

    10 months ago

    Hello Ann,

    That’s great to hear! Please keep us updated on your progress and we’re glad to hear your breathing easier.

    Best regards,

    -The Lung Institute

  25. Ann Tipton

    10 months ago

    I had stem cell in November and have done well. The change in temperatures has been a challenge but I am learning to adapt. So far, so good!

  26. PB

    10 months ago

    Dear Vickie,

    Thanks for your comment. 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. We’re happy to answer your questions about stem cell therapy 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.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  27. Vickie

    10 months ago

    I’m very interested in the stem cell therapy; however, i’m wondering if health insurance covers it.

  28. PB

    11 months ago

    Dear Sandra,

    Thanks for your comment. We’re happy to answer your questions about stem cell treatment for COPD, 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.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  29. Sandra Sanders

    11 months ago

    I have COPD and find this interesting. Would like to read more info. about this treatment. Thanks

  30. PB

    11 months ago

    Dear Don,

    Thanks for your question. People with COPD are more susceptible to the flu and pneumonia, meaning they may catch the flu or pneumonia more easily. If you’re noticing a change in your COPD symptoms or overall health, it’s very important to see your doctor. Your doctor may want to check you for the flu or pneumonia.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  31. don

    11 months ago

    Cac copd lead to pneumonia?

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