Monthly Archives: November 2015

Cold Weather and Your Lungs – Top Tips

  • Make sure you keep warm by wearing layers of clothing when it’s cold – thermal underwear can be very useful, along with woollen tights and socks and make sure you have a blanket or shawl to hand
  • Wear warm nightclothes during very cold weather
  • Try and stay as active as possible to generate heat – get up, move around and try to do some exercise
  • The recommended temperature in the living room is 21c (70f) and 18c (64f) in the bedroom
  • Keep your home well ventilated – air quality inside the home becomes more important in winter as most of us spend more time inside
  • Check the weather before going out and elderly patients are advised to stay indoors as much as possible and keep warm
  • If you have a bronchodilator (blue inhaler/ventolin), use it half an hour before going outside
  • Make sure you carry your medication with you at all times as cold air can tighten the airways in lung disease patients making it harder to breathe
  • Try to breathe through your nose instead of your mouth as this will help warm the air
  • Protect your lungs by wearing a hood or scarf that covers your nose and mouth
  • It is wise for patients with chronic lung conditions such as COPD or severe asthma to have the seasonal flu vaccination
  • Drink plenty of fluids to keep hydrated