What can you do to manage your chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)?

Winter can be a particularly worrying time if you are living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The following information will help you to stay well this Winter by managing your symptoms.

The British Lung Foundation (BLF) website contains a wide range of COPD information and resources.

They also run a  confidential helpline:

Treatment

The BLF website includes information on treatments for COPD.

Your inhalers

The Rightbreathe website contains useful guidance and videos on inhaler technique – just search for your inhaler or spacer and the advice and video for that device will be displayed.

Your community pharmacist may also be able to help with questions about your inhalers.

Keeping active

Keeping active is very important.

Take a look at the helpful BLF video Stay Active and Stay Well

Consider redoing the pulmonary rehabilitation section of the myCOPD  app if you already have it installed. (To install the app, you will need to be referred via your respiratory doctor or nurse).

Managing flare ups

If you have a self management plan make sure you know where it is.

The BLF also has advice on managing flare ups.

Local support

If you live in East Sussex, this COPD Patient Pack is available to download and contains local information and contact numbers.

Breathlessness

If you experience breathlessness, this leaflet from the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Respiratory Care provides advice on breathing exercises.

The Supporting Breathlessness website is a great source of resources for family and friends of people with breathlessness.

Smoking Cessation Services

If you would like to stop smoking, there is support available in your local area through: