Breathing Better with COPD

Taking Action

When You Are Diagnosed With COPD
There are many things that you can do to make living with COPD easier:

Quit Smoking

If you smoke, the best thing you can to do prevent more damage to your lungs is to quit. Ask your doctor about new options for quitting. The National Cancer Institute has information on smoking cessation. Visit, the American Lung Association, or call 1-800-QUIT NOW for more information.

Avoid Exposure to Pollutants

Image of an old coupleTry to stay away from other things that could irritate your lungs, like dust and strong fumes. Stay indoors when the outside air quality is poor. You should also stay away from places where there might be cigarette smoke.

Visit Your Doctor on a Regular Basis

See your doctor regularly, even if you are feeling fine. Be sure to bring a list of all medicines you are taking to each doctor's visit.

Follow Treatment Advice

Be sure to take your medications and follow your doctor's advice on how to treat your disease. If you have any questions-ASK!

Take Precautions Against the Flu

Do your best to avoid crowds during flu season. It is also a good idea to get a flu shot every year, since the flu can cause serious problems for people with COPD. You should also ask your doctor about the pneumonia vaccine.

Seek Support from Other COPD Patients

There are many COPD support groups offered at local hospitals and there is a very active COPD community online. Family members are also a great resource for support as you learn to live with and manage COPD.