Summer has officially arrived and it is turning out to be a scorcher in many parts of the country. For many this might mean some discomfort, but for those with COPD extreme heat can be crippling or even deadly.
Here are a few tips to beat the heat:
- Stay indoors. First and foremost, try to stay indoors with air conditioning as much as possible. If you do not have air conditioning, try to stay with a friend or go to a public space that does (library, for instance).
- Drink plenty of water. Avoid sugary or alcoholic beverages – they will dehydrate you. Be sure to drink plenty of fluids, even if you do not feel thirsty or are inactive.
- Plan your outdoor activities carefully. If you must be outside, try to limit your activities to early mornings and evenings.
- Have someone check-in. It is a good idea to have a “buddy,” friend or family, call to check in on you every so often. You may even ask a neighbor to make a visit to your home to make sure you are OK.
Have any suggestions about keeping cool during summer months? Please share!