Winter weather conditions can significantly increase the risk of ill health and hospital admission if you have Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).Supported by the NHS
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is the collective name for a group of conditions, including chronic bronchitis, emphysema and chronic obstructive airways disease. Around 900,000 people in the UK have been diagnosed with COPD, but it is thought that there are about 3.5 million people living with the disease who have not yet been diagnosed.
If you suffer from COPD it is important to take extra precautions during periods of cold weather to avoid your symptoms getting worse. In winter, a combination of cold weather and virus levels can make your symptoms flare up.
There is a range of different preventative measures you can take to avoid an exacerbation of COPD. Make sure you regularly check our weather forecasts to stay one step ahead of the weather and look out for our Cold Weather Alerts on our website, Twitter feed and via weather forecasts on the TV and radio. Our Cold Weather alerts inform you when cold weather, snow or ice has been forecast to enable you to take the necessary precautions to stay safe and well.
The British Lung Foundation has the following advice to help keep your COPD symptoms at bay:
Last updated: 8 October 2013