Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), for short, pulmonary obstructive disease; a long-term, unrecoverable diseases of the respiratory tract obstruction. Patients with pulmonary disease must be prepared to deal and fight the disease for a long time. To slow back the deterioration of pulmonary disease, you can proactively improve symptoms by improving your quality of life and using a multi-pronged approach. Here are seven ways to help you alleviate your symptoms.

Influenza vaccination

Colds and flu can induce the onset of symptoms of pulmonary disease and exacerbate the condition. Therefore, you should have flu shots every year to enhance your protection. For vaccination, please choose the basic standard type of influenza vaccine and do not use Nasal spray vaccine. The spray type is a living vaccine, it is more dangerous for weak patients with pulmonary disease. In addition, you are advised to receive the Pneumonia vaccine at least once and multiple times as recommended by your doctor. This is very important because pneumonia has serious and fatal consequences.

Keep away from pathogenic bacteria

Try to avoid people who are sick and have bacteria on their body, especially during the cold and flu season. Reduce the time spent in public, and avoid parties or crowded places. While these may seem very disheartening, they can reduce your exposure to pathogenic bacteria.

Quit smoking

Smoking is the main cause of pulmonary disease and should not use e-cigarettes except to quit real cigarettes. Even if electronic cigarettes do not have tar, they do not produce smoke, but they still contain other fragrances. Scientists are still unclear about the effects of these ingredients on the body, so there is no guarantee that they are harmless.

Maintain air quality

Good air quality is important, and poorly quality dirty air can cause dyspnea and other symptoms of pulmonary disease. If you have a factory near your home that will exhaust smoke, you can install a high-efficiency air particle filter that effectively filters out particles in the air (High-Efficiency) Particulate Air, HEPA). Air purifier can achieve 99% air purification effect and improve air quality. Other methods are to clean the carpet without wallpaper carpet, using eco-friendly, natural cleaning products such as baking soda and vinegar.

Stay in shape

Patients with pulmonary disease should stay in shape, but they are too heavy and thin. People who are overweight may feel like they are carrying a full suitcase running around, hence they might usually feel exhausted. On the other hand, studies have shown an increased risk of death in patients who are  overly thin with pulmonary disease. Therefore, a balanced diet, healthy eating and normal weight are important for patients with illness. If you’re not sure what your proper weight is, consult your doctor or make a simple basic measurement with the Body Mass Index Calculator.

A small amount of meals

Being too full can cause patients with pulmonary disease to have difficulty in breathing. You should eat in small quantities and try to change as many foods as possible to boost your appetite.

Reduced pressure

Stress will definitely cause your physical condition to deteriorate. Therefore, exercise and sleep seven hours per night is the best way to reduce stress. Patients with pulmonary disease are usually the last thing to do, but exercise can increase lung activity, increase resistance, increase vitality, and actually relieve and improve COPD symptoms.

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