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Controlling Flare-Ups?

Is there anyone that can advise on how to control Flare-Ups . I no they can't be stopped completely but is there any way of making easier . Especially when in public.

Thanks peeps

  1. ,
    Every person who has a flare up is affected differently by such flare up. So, everyone's way of dealing with a flare up will be different. You should discuss a flare up action plan with your doctor to come up with what works for you. You can do some things in the way of prevention. Such as, staying away from situations that cause the inflammation flare ups in the first place. For me it would be smoke from a BBQ or campfire, really hot and humid weather, really cold weather, wind and blowing dust, ozone action days, pollen and molds in the air, etc.
    When I deal with a flare up, I use my acapella and spirometer machines several times a day to get rid of mucus, I use my emergency inhaler as needed to be able to breathe better, I used pursed lip breathing to help, and I do upper body exercises to stretch and strengthen my chest muscles. And of course, get plenty of rest and stay hydrated. As far as trying to control it especially in public, good luck with that. When I have a flare up, I stay out of the public until I am over it. I know this isn't much of an answer, but there is no one size fits all. Get with your doctor and come up with an action plan for yourself. Take care.

    1. Hi. Mine really hurt my chest. I am dreading winter this year. I suffer from chest infections. Chest infections and COPD do not go together.

  2. Hi Martyn, and thanks for this post and question - it's a good one! I see our fellow community member, , has shared his own personal experiences managing COPD exacerbations here with you. I support everything he has mentioned. I do hope you have an opportunity to look over his comment.
    I thought you also might gain some additional insight from this article, published right here on our site. The author, our own , speaks about preventing and managing exacerbations: . I do hope you find the information is helpful in a practical way.
    Wishing you well,
    Leon (site moderator)

    1. Thank you so much for your support and advice. The flare ups are a very scarey part of this COPD lark. I live aloan and scared of having the final flare up and nobody knows. . I only have one thing to say to COPD. " Bring It On I'll Fight You All The Way"

    2. Hi again, Martin - that's the spirit!! As has been said here by others - you've got this (COPD), it does NOT have you!! It is understandable that COPD exacerbations can be a scary part of the disease. Perhaps it helps to know that our entire community knows how you feel and understands what you are going through as well!
      Since you mentioned that you live alone, do you have friends or neighbors who can stay in touch with you? Perhaps they can keep an eye on you by visiting once in a while. In some geographical locations, the office of the aging, or social service groups may even send someone to the house to see if folks need anything.
      Do you think any of these suggestions might work for you?

      If there is anything we can do to assist you, please let me or any other moderator / team member know.
      Warm regards,
      Leon (site moderator)

  3. Anyone Else Worried About This Winter . The Cost Of Living. Because the flue or chest infections are not COPD freinds.

    1. , winter and COPD are definitely something many in our community struggle with! Here are some articles we have on how others have dealt with it that you may find helpful:
      All the best, Sam S. (team member).

  4. Thank you for the links I have read them and taking in the advice.

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