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Managing COPD Allergies


Do You Suffer from COPD and Allergies?

To the majority of the population, allergies are an inconvenience that can be dealt with through a trip to the doctor, maybe a shot, and a pack of tissues. For people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) — the third leading cause of death in the United States — allergies increase the likelihood of an exacerbation, also known as a flare-up. A poorly-handled flare-up can land a person in the hospital and heighten their susceptibility to subsequent infection.

Flowers, trees, grass, pollen, and mold spores can all bring on an allergy attack. Such attacks may include shortness of breath, increased mucus production, chest tightness, and wheezing. Flare-ups are the number one cause of hospitalization for COPD sufferers. Flare-ups can be fatal. There are triggers that can cause a flare-up, and the presence of seasonal allergy symptoms in a COPD sufferer is one such trigger. Preventing an allergy attack can reduce the likelihood of a life-threatening flare-up.

5 Tips for Avoiding Flare-Ups

The Lung Institute is committed to improving the lives of people suffering from lung disease, so we have assembled a few tips and resources to help people with COPD and other forms of lung disease to avoid a flare-up.

  • Stay Indoors – Leave shoes outside to avoid tracking in pollen and spores, and wash clothes after spending time outside.
  • Close the Windows – The breeze feels wonderful this time of year, but allergens are on the wind. By keeping windows closed pollen and other allergens can’t make their way into the home.
  • Change HVAC Filters & Vacuum – Change home air conditioning filters and car filters often. If allergens bother you, it’s worth paying a few dollars more for a better-quality filter that will eliminate more allergens. Vacuum and clean floors regularly to keep your home as free of allergens as possible.
  • Fix Water Leaks – Leaky pipes or areas that have water damage can promote the growth of mold. Mold can have an extremely detrimental effect on overall health, and especially lung health.
  • Avoid Other Triggers – Avoid cigarette smoke, low-quality candles, perfumes, cleaning agents with volatile organic compounds (VOCs), air that’s too dry or too humid, and pet dander.


We can’t control the weather, but there are some helpful resources available to monitor air quality in your local area. The Weather Channel’s website has a search option to see what’s blooming by zip code and how bad the pollen index is on a given day. Click here to learn more.  Pollen.com is also a good reference to check the pollen forecast, allergy forecast, and cold and flu forecast for the upcoming week.

Prescription medications and inhalers can help lung disease sufferers with allergy symptoms. However, for people experiencing flare-ups, stem cell therapy can help. Stem cell therapy doesn’t replace the need for medications, but it has improved the quality of life for lung disease sufferers.

About Lung Institute

At Lung Institute (LI), we have changed the lives of over a thousand people across the nation through the innovative technology of regenerative medicine. We are committed to providing our patients an effective way to address debilitating pulmonary conditions. Our physicians apply revolutionary, minimally invasive stem cell therapies, and have established a patient experience designed with the highest concern for patient safety and quality of care. If you or a loved one suffers from a non-cancerous lung disease and want to learn more about treatment options, contact us or call (800) 729-3065.


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  2. sh

    12 months ago

    Hello, Linda.
    Insurance generally does not cover Lung Institute treatment. Please visit us on the internet at https://lunginstitute.com, or call 1-855-313-1149 to speak to one of our patient coordinators to get answers to all your questions.


  3. linda hollon

    12 months ago

    I live in ohio i have copd plus allergies i have ins does it pay for treatment wat is the treatment

  4. sh

    1 year ago

    Dear Patricia,

    I have forwarded your email address to one of our patient coordinators. If you would like to speak to someone sooner who can answer your questions about our therapies and how they may be able to help you, please give us a call at (800) 970-1135.

    Best Regards,

  5. sh

    1 year ago

    Dear Sandy,

    Thank you for your questions. I have forwarded your contact information to one of our patient coordinators. If you would like to speak with someone right away, please contact us at (800) 970-1135. Otherwise, you should be hearing from us soon.

    Best Regards,

  6. sh

    1 year ago

    Hello, Sudha Devakar, and thank you for your comment.
    Unfortunately, we do not yet operate a clinic in India–perhaps someday.

    Best Wishes,

  7. Sudha Devakar

    1 year ago

    I m a cops patient I am happy to see your article on lungs and stem cell therapy
    I stay in India if you any institute in Delhi India pls let me know I will try to to take this treatment Thanking you

  8. Sandy Kintz

    1 year ago

    I received an e-mail that I could go for a special fee of $4500 for the stem cell therapy for COPD. I am coming to Florida next week do you have any upcoming appointments I could get in to in early November? I am thinking the one in Tampa Florida? I had been interested before and planned to visit the clinic in Pennsylvania but never went for it. If that price is still available to me I would be interested. The $7500 fee was just out of my price range of affordability.

  9. I would like information on stem cell therapy. I gave COPD and ABPA.
    I have struggled with flare ups.

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