Living with Asthma

Making changes to lifestyle habits can help some people avoid asthma attacks. These changes may be:

• Reducing exposure to Allergens or Irritants that trigger Asthma
• Paying Attention to Warning Signs:
            • Shortness of breath and wheezing
            • Chest tightness or pain
            • Using bronchodilators more often
            • Problems sleeping
            • Frequent coughing, especially at night

• Physical activity and exercising can improve a person’s health and mood. It can also reduce asthma attacks. People with asthma should:
             • Have good asthma control before exercising.
             • Warm up for at least 10 minutes before exercise.
             • Avoid triggers when exercising.
             • Increase new activities slowly.

• Weight loss may improve control in people who are overweight or obese.
• Getting the Flu Vaccine
• Avoiding Smoke

Living with COPD

Many people are able to maintain a good quality of life while living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Below includes ideas for changes you can make to stay active and enjoy your life while managing the disease.

Protecting Your Lungs
When you have COPD, your lungs are weakened. Learn how to reduce exposure to anything that could make your COPD worse or cause an exacerbation, a worsening or a “flare up” of COPD.

Most people are surprised to learn that the food they eat may affect their breathing. The right mix of nutrients in your diet can help you breathe easier.

Physical Activity
When you have COPD, the right amount and type of exercise has many benefits and is an important part of staying healthy.

Coping with Emotions
Getting emotional support is just as important as protecting your lungs and staying active. Learn how to recognize and handle feelings of fear, anxiety, depression or stress.

Planning for the Future with COPD
Discuss these important points about your future care with your doctors and caregivers.

Living with Sleep Apnea

There are things that you can control that might help your sleep apnea.

Eating Healthy
Some people find it easier to manage their weight once the sleep apnea is treated. You may snack more when you feel tired or sleepy.

Regular exercise has many benefits for those with sleep apnea.

Traveling with Your Machine
You should bring your CPAP with you anywhere you plan to sleep. If you are flying, bring your CPAP machine as carryon luggage. To make getting through security as smooth as possible, bring your CPAP prescription and a letter from your doctor explaining what your CPAP machine is, and that it’s medically necessary for you to use it. Your CPAP humidifier should be emptied prior to traveling.

Anyone you see outside your sleep apnea team should be aware of your sleep apnea diagnosis before you are prescribed any medications or treatments. Many different kinds of medications can make your sleep apnea worse. Discuss all your medications with your doctor and pharmacist, including herbal and over-the-counter remedies.

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