Taking a trip when you have a debilitating chronic illness like COPD can be challenging, but with a little planning and preparation, it CAN be done successfully. You and/or any caregivers can use these tips to make the whole process go more smoothly.
1. First off, be sure you discuss your plans with your doctor. Your doctor can make sure... Read more
February might seem a bit early to start worrying about spring allergies, but the reality is that the height of tree pollen season is not that far off, especially if you happen to live in an area that has had a mild winter.
Trees generally begin to pollinate anywhere from January through April each year. The pollen levels will start out... Read more
Sometimes, I feel like a drug pusher because I encourage people so often on this site to get a flu shot/vaccine! OK, I'm kidding, but the fact is, experts worldwide recommend that most people get an annual flu vaccine these days, even if they don't have a chronic illness such as asthma. But for those of us who DO have asthma, it's especially... Read more
It's not easy being a caregiver for a person with COPD. I have lived that role and I empathize with those of you still going through it. But keep in mind that it's not easy living with COPD either. Imagine that everything you do, including things you take for granted, such as breathing, going to the toilet or eating a meal, exhausts you, leaving... Read more
People who have seasonal allergies often look forward to the colder winter months, hoping that pollen levels will be low or nonexistent and that outdoor molds are buried under snow and frost and symptoms in general will be less bothersome.
However, depending on where you live and what your allergy triggers are, winter allergies can still... Read more