How to Breathe Easier in Hot & Humid Weather
Changing weather can affect the body more than you think. There are certain weather conditions can make it hard to breathe, especially for those who have a chronic lung condition. When heat and humidity rise over the summer, we see many complaints from those who just cannot seem to catch their breath. It is important to learn to adapt your lifestyle to the weather when it can trigger attacks of asthma, allergies, or COPD.
How Hot Weather Affects Lung Conditions
If you are managing lung conditions such as asthma or COPD, your body already uses much of its energy just to breathe. Add in high heat, and it can be a recipe for disaster. Any extreme weather can cause your body to take the focus off your lungs and put it into cooling and heating yourself. Air can also become stagnant at higher temperatures meaning pollutants are more likely to be breathed in and irritate your lungs.
Tips to Breathe and Adapt
- Avoid triggers such as smoke, aerosol, mold, dust, and cleaning products.
- Use medications as directed and keep up doctor’s appointments.
- Stay indoors where the air is poor on the hottest days.
- Stay hydrated.
- Avoid prolonged outdoor exercise.
If you have trouble breathing, contact O2 Pulmonary & Sleep Group for an appointment by calling our clinic.