You might not hear about it every day, but chronic obstructive pulmonary disease—better known as COPD—affects roughly 12 million Americans. To put it into context, that almost one in 25 people in the United States.
COPD patients often struggle with emphysema and bronchitis and other symptoms. Together, these conditions can make it extremely difficult to breathe because they cause the lining of the airways to thicken, minimizing the amount of air that can get through. For many COPD patients, a persistent cough is simply a central, and very aggravating, part of their lives. The good news is that there are ways to help COPD patients breathe easier. In this list, we’ll take a look at some breathing tips for those with COPD…
1. Butt Out
It should come as no surprise that COPD patients must not smoke—ever. In fact, smoking is often the cause of COPD because it causes serious damage to the lungs. It’s the equivalent of working around dangerous chemicals every day for years.
The good news is that butting out can make a huge difference. Health experts, including those from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), agree that, if one quits smoking following a COPD diagnosis, they can significantly reduce future harm and help alleviate some symptoms associated with the condition. Quitting the habit is tough, yes, but it’s a whole lot easier when you know that your life depends on it.