How to Avoid a COPD Exacerbation
If you have COPD, knowing the signs of a COPD exacerbation and a few tips for preventing one can help decrease the number, length and severity of your flare-ups.
Generally speaking, the worse the underlying COPD is, the more likely it is that a person will experience an exacerbation. These flare-ups usually start from a lung infection or exposure to air pollutants. Ignoring the signs can lead to hospital admission and faster deterioration of your lung function.
1. Avoid Infections Such as Colds and Flu
Since many viruses and bacteria spread by direct contact, wash your hands often. If you can’t get to a sink, use hand sanitizer. Avoid close contact with anyone who has a cold or flu. Don’t cover your sneezes and coughs with your hands, but rather use a tissue, which you should throw it away after using it.