It’s important to stay safe in the sunshine this summer since hot temperatures can make breathing more difficult as your body tries to cool down.1
If you can, avoid being outside during the hottest parts of the day (11am-3pm). If you do have to go out, try to plan ahead so that you’re outside during the coolest parts of the day15
Whenever outdoors, try to stay out of the sun by sticking to shaded areas and wearing loose, long clothing and a hat15
Avoid doing strenuous activity like housework and gardening when it is very hot. Do these chores in the morning or early evening and always remember to take regular breaks16
Drink plenty of water. This can help you to keep hydrated and maintain a good body temperature. It can also make it easier for you to clear excess mucus from your lungs and airways16
Use a handheld fan, but don’t blow it directly into your face as this may cause you to inhale dust16
Keep in touch with friends or family. If you live alone, have someone stop by from time to time15
Seek medical advice if you find your symptoms get worse or you are struggling to breathe.
As the weather gets warmer, it’s good to be aware of things that might make your COPD worse. Knowing how and when to avoid these is an important part of helping you to keep well.
Good weather means more time to spend outdoors, and it’s a great time to get some fresh air and exercise. If you’re planning activities outside, make sure you prepare properly beforehand.