Do you have specific holiday-related triggers that aggravate your COPD? Share about them here - and feel free to include how you cope with them!
Mine is usually perfumes. Oh I mean always.
Perfumes are a major trigger for me! The worst one is Axe body spray. So very strong. My RZ mask helps to filter out fragrances. It is very helpful!
Scented candles, perfume and cologne, and fireplaces and wood burning stoves are all very big triggers for me! I do my very best to avoid these triggers. When a neighbor uses his wood burning stove, I either have to wear my mask, or go back inside. Believe me, avoiding triggers can save you alot of distress. Why suffer or struggle if you don't have to!
Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT Moderator
Hi again, PrincessFiona60. Thanks for sharing your own personal triggers around the holiday season. I think you'll find it's worth the effort to try to avoid exposure to the crowds (anxiety) and the scents.
Leon (site moderator)
Crowds, the stores are packed with shoppers. Not just the crowd, but the overuse of perfumes and aftershave that come with them. Crowds are an anxiety trigger for me and the scents trigger my COPD...two whammies.