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Community Feedback: Keeping Warm.

Community Feedback: Keeping Warm with COPD

It’s no secret that weather changes can have quite an impact on COPD – cold weather can be harsh on the lungs and warm humidity can make it tough to breath. But what’s weird is when it’s hot outside and yet you still can’t feel warm!

One of our community members asked us: “My loved one with COPD goes through times when she just can’t feel warm. She shivers and despite an electric blanket cannot warm up. Does this happen to you? Any advice?”

You in the community responded with such an outpour of support! Below are just some of the comments you shared:

“Lots of layers. Even in summer”

  • I wear so many layers it’s ridiculous. I wear long underwear until it gets in the 50’s and I always have a sweater or sweatshirt on
  • I never go anywhere without a sweater, even if the outside temp is 90.
  • I when I feel this way I just have to pile on the layers and stay in bed until I’m thawed out.
  • It was 78 degrees the other day and I had my jacket on – everyone was asking me why I had a jacket on all I could say was “I’m cold”
  • I am getting rid of my summer clothes, I never wear them.

“Keep moving”

  • I try to move around when that happens and I have a bed buddy that I warm up and that helps.
  • I walk around my house to keep my blood circulating. Seems to help
  • I keep myself busy around the house. If I sit too long I focus on how cold I am
  • In the summer, I go for a walk outside. I can’t go far, but it keeps me moving

 “Hot shower and a heating pad”

  • I use a heating pad, wear very thick socks, and take very warm showers when I get cold I have also used my hair dryer to blow hot air all over me to help warm up
  • Wool blanket, heavy socks and my heating pad and i still can’t get warm
  • Sometimes I sit in the shower for twenty minutes just to feel the hot water on me

“Check your temp and see your doc”

  • I have been suffering with this coldness. Went to my doctors last week who arranged a chest X-ray and blood tests. The X-ray has shown up an area of infection at the top of my left lung. So my advice would be to go see your doctor!
  • I tend to get the chills and feel cold when I have a low grade fever
  • That happens to my husband. That’s my cue to check his temperature.

This feeling of unyielding cold is not uncommon! Many of you mentioned experiencing chills and the inability to warm up – you are certainly not alone!

  • I thought it was just me! I am so cold all the time!
  • Now I know I’m not nuts!
  • Even my hair feels cold!
  • It sounds like you’re talking about me!
  • I can have one cold hand and one warm hand, it’s nuts!

Thanks again to all of you who shared your experiences! If you have any additional tips or tricks for keeping warm, feel free to share them in the comments, or on our Forums page to keep the conversation going!


  • Deepbreath
    3 months ago

    I just had some prophenol for a medical procedure and stayaed cold for a week after, not ssure its over yet. After reading this I might start wearing warming patches at wwork again, where the AC is too low. Thanks for this column. This is my first post and first time reading this post.

  • Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT moderator
    3 months ago

    Hi Deepbreath and thanks for joining in the conversation here with your very first post – we appreciate your input. It’s always good to insure that one can stay warm in the cold – regardless of the season. Sometimes the air conditioning in places of business can be very uncomfortable – so you are doing the right thing by being prepared. We hope you will look around our website and take full advantage of all it has to offer. We will look forward to hearing from you again. All the best, Leon (site moderator)

  • Deepbreath
    3 months ago

    I just had some prophenol for a medical procedure and stayaed cold for a week after, not ssure its over yet. After reading this I might start wearing warming patches at wwork again, where the AC is too low. Thanks for this column.

  • Paula
    3 years ago

    The central heat is set at 77 and the electric space heater right here by me is running so at least one side of me is warm. If I get too cold, I heat up my bed buddy slippers and mittens and go back to bed until I warm up. I’ve even been known to add the bed buddy shoulder cape heated up to the above. And, of course, I’ve got on my sweats and socks. I thought it was just me with this kind of problem but, after thinking about it for a while, it makes sense since COPD results in less oxygen circulating through the body leaving less energy to “fuel the fire” so to speak.

  • billk
    3 years ago

    i used to have this prob w/cold….got rid of it w/diet…..oatmeal/honey/cinnamon in am w an orange MOST IMPORTANT >…increase fruits MEGA… fav is a whole orange…..senior ctr at noon for lunch….supper spaget/egg/ hburg/salad etcmost import…..remem the orange an other fruits……cold = gone

  • Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT moderator
    3 years ago

    Thanks so much BillK for sharing your experiences with the community. I’m sure there are others who will derive benefit from reading about what actually works for you.
    If you haven’t as yet, please check out our Facebook page:
    You are always welcome here.
    Warm regards,
    Leon (site moderator)

  • Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT moderator
    3 years ago

    This was an excellent idea to compile all the answers and shared experiences into one area that’s easy to reference.
    We can return to this repeatedly, as necessary, for guidance during the cold weather season.

    (site moderator)

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