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Does anyone have tips for someone going through their first flare?

Hi, I am in my first flare and must admit I have found it frightening. Any tips?… Thank you.

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  • PhylissD
    1 year ago

    I meant to say stay in touch. And warning.signs of an impending flare.

  • PhylissD
    1 year ago

    Hi countrygirl,
    My first flare was terrifying as well. But I had faith in the medical team who treated me at the hospital. Also, the Respiratory Therapist and staff educated me on things I could do to lessen my symptoms.
    Be a flare up plan with your doctor.Watch out.for.warning.signs.of!an.impending.flare. Good luck to you and stay in to

  • Lyn Harper, RRT moderator
    1 year ago

    Hi countrygirl – The first one can be intimidating, but try not to be frightened. There are quite a few things you can do.

    First, make sure you have a current COPD Action Plan. If you don’t, ask your doctor as soon as possible to help you put one together.

    Second, take your medications exactly as prescribed. If you feel they’re not working, get in touch with your doctor before your symptoms worsen. It’s much easier to stay ahead of the problem than chase it.

    Third, don’t over-do! Try to pace yourself until you get over the hump. Get plenty of rest, eat well, and if you feel like it, get some exercise.

    Here’s the link to an article that I think will help.

    Warm Regards,
    Lyn (site moderator)

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