COPD: 8 Ways to Avoid Infections
Each year, adults typically get two to four cases of the cold or flu. While getting sick isn’t fun for anyone, for people who have COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), avoiding infections such as colds and the flu takes on special importance, because these illnesses can harm their lungs and possibly cause pneumonia.
The Importance of Staying Healthy With COPD
Staying healthy is important for COPD patients because being infected with viruses, bacteria, and other infectious organisms can make you more susceptible to getting lung infections, which can lead to breathing difficulties. When you have a lung infection, your shortness of breath, coughing, fatigue, and other COPD symptoms can quickly get worse. And when you have any type of respiratory infection, there is a chance it could progress to pneumonia, which can be life-threatening.