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How to prevent chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)?

Lifestyle modifications that can help prevent COPD, or improve function in COPD patients, include: quitting smoking, avoiding respiratory irritants and infections, avoiding allergens, maintaining good nutrition, drinking lots of fluids, avoiding

excessively low or high temperatures and very high altitudes, maintaining proper weight, and exercising to increase muscle tone.

Avoid smoking tobacco or exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke. Smoking is the leading cause of COPD. Although you cannot undo the damage that smoking has already caused, you can prevent further lung damage by quitting. Avoiding conditions that may irritate the lungs can reduce breathing problems in people with COPD. These conditions include indoor and outdoor air pollution; smog; cold, dry air; hot, humid air; or high altitudes. Avoiding respiratory illnesses, such as the flu (influenza) and pneumonia, can decrease the risk of your COPD worsening. Talk with your doctor about getting vaccinations against them. Use appropriate protective gear (e.g. face mask) in the workplace to avoid inhaling hazardous substance. Get plenty of physical activity for good lung health. If you already have COPD, avoid colds and flus, which can worsen the disease. Get annual flu and pneumococcal vaccinations to avoid such infections. Quitting smoking is the most important thing you can do to prevent or slow damage to your lungs.

More information on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

What is chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)? - Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is persistent obstruction of the airways occurring with emphysema, chronic bronchitis, or both disorders.
What causes chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)? - Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is caused by exposure to noxious gases or particles, especially cigarette smoke.
What're the risk factors for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease? - The leading risk factor for COPD is smoking, which can lead to the two most common forms of this disease, emphysema and chronic bronchitis.
What're the symptoms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease? - People who have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) usually have some symptoms of both chronic bronchitis and emphysema.
How is chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) diagnosed? - Diagnosis of COPD begins with a medical history and physical examination. Other diagnostic tests for COPD include an arterial blood gas.
What's the treatment for hronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)? - The goals of COPD treatment are to prevent further deterioration in lung function, to alleviate symptoms, and to improve performance of daily activities.
How to prevent hronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)? - Lifestyle modifications that can help prevent COPD, or improve function in COPD patients, include: quitting smoking, avoiding respiratory irritants.
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