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Take control of your COPD attacks

man coughingWhen your COPD suddenly gets worse, it’s called a “flare-up” or “attack.” It becomes harder to breathe, and you might feel tired or cough more. These flare-ups can be caused by things like a chest infection, air pollution, or a sudden change in temperature. A COPD attack feels scary, but knowing how to control it can keep you from panicking. So learn how to use your inhaler and spacer before you need them. Take any medicine your doctor has given you. Protect yourself. Make sure you’re vaccinated against COVID and get a flu shot. Learn more about coping with COPD attacks.

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Breathing easier by quitting smoking

Getting enough air is hard when you have a lung disease like COPD, asthma, or pneumonia. If you smoke, quitting is the best way to keep your breathing from getting worse. Giving up smoking is one of the toughest things you’ll ever do—and it might take more than one try—but you’ll feel so much better that it will be worth it. Don’t be afraid to ask your doctor for support. Whether you’re quitting today or just planning ahead, these tips will help you breathe easier and become smoke-free when you’re ready.

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Living with COPD

It’s sometimes hard to breathe when you have COPD. Even simple things, like getting dressed or cooking a meal, might be tough. COPD can’t be cured, but you can help prevent it from getting worse. If you smoke, the best thing you can do for yourself is to quit. Exercise, inhalers, and practicing new ways to breathe can also help you feel better. You’re more likely to get lung infections because you have COPD, so now is the time to get your flu shot! Ask your doctor if you should also get a pneumococcal shot—it keeps you from getting as sick if you get pneumonia. Get vaccinated against COVID. Learn more about how to breathe easy and stay healthy when you have COPD.

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COVID-19: 7 ways to stay safe when you have COPD

For most people, COVID-19 causes a mild illness. But when you have COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), you may be more likely than others to get very sick from COVID-19. People at higher risk—and those who live or visit with them—need to know what to do and take the right actions to keep themselves from getting COVID-19. Flu and COVID vaccines protect you and also the people around you, so make sure you’re vaccinated against COVID and get a flu shot. This helpful video will walk you through, step by step, seven other ways to stay safe.

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SOCIAL MEDIA TEASERS

  • COPD attacks are more common this time of year. Learn how to handle flare-ups—and possibly head them off at the pass.
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  • Want to stop smoking, vaping or using tobacco? Or help a loved one quit? Get tools and tips that work.
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  • Here are some tips for living better with COPD.
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  • COPD may make you more likely than others to get very sick from COVID-19. Watch this video to learn about seven ways to stay safe.
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