How to Beat the Summer Heat While Living With Respiratory Issues

June 28th, 2017 No Comments

How to Beat the Summer Heat While Living With Respiratory Issues - Visiting Angels, NJ Senior Care

Summer Respiratory Issues for Seniors

Summer is upon us, and long days of sunshine, friends, and outdoor activities have arrived. If you have respiratory problems, though, summer can be a difficult season rather than a comfortable one. Thankfully, there are ways to survive and thrive during the summer months—respiratory issues or no respiratory issues!

How Summer Affects Respiratory Conditions

Asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and pneumonia are three of the most common respiratory conditions affecting seniors today. Unfortunately, summertime conditions can inflame all three.

In fact, top research facilities such as Johns Hopkins have released various studies showing a correlation between rising outdoor temperatures and an increased risk of hospitalization in seniors suffering from respiratory disorders.

The reasons for this are many, although two of the most complicating factors are related conditions and prescription medication.

While heat quickly exacerbates related conditions such as obesity and diabetes, prescription medications such as diuretics make it difficult to adapt to the heat and can result in medical emergencies for seniors with respiratory conditions.

What’s more, hot temperatures lead to an increased demand on the lungs, which can easily aggravate respiratory conditions.

3 Tips for Staying Safe During the Summer Season

If you suffer from a respiratory condition, stay safe this summer by following these simple tips:

  • Try to stay inside during the hottest hours of the day. Hot, humid air can trigger flare-ups of conditions such as COPD. With this in mind, try to stay inside, or in another cool place, when outside temperatures soar above 90 degrees.
  • Avoid dust, smoke, and pollution. As much as you can, avoid smoky, dusty, or polluted outdoor environments this summer. Air contaminated by debris irritates the lungs and makes respiratory conditions worse.
  • Don’t go outside on high-humidity days. High levels of humidity make many respiratory conditions worse. Seniors with these conditions should avoid going outside when the humidity levels are high, since pollution levels are also worse on these days.

Caring for yourself during the summer months is critical, and being aware of how hot temperatures affect respiratory conditions is just one part of this. For more information, contact Visiting Angels NJ Senior Care today!

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