In summer, where people are exposed to high temperatures and usually carry out activities typical of the season, adverse effects can be generated for certain respiratory diseases, since those people with chronic pulmonary pathologies such as: asthma, COPD, pulmonary fibrosis or bronchiectasis, are especially susceptible to complications. This time, Dr. Karla Tafur, pulmonologist at Clinica Ricardo Palma, gives us some advice that we must take into account during these months.
5 tips for people to breathe better in summer
- Maintain the usual treatment that the doctor has prescribed, even if you feel better. On the other hand, if you want to change your medication, it is essential that you first consult with your doctor.
- Get vaccinated. Preventing viral and bacterial infections is essential in people with chronic lung diseases. For this, we have vaccines against COVID-19, influenza and pneumococcus. Do not forget to check your vaccination record.
- Stay cool. Avoid exposure to the sun during the hottest hours because it can worsen the feeling of shortness of breath. If you must go out, look for ventilated and shady areas, in addition to wearing thin and cool clothing.
- Hydrate properly. Even if you don’t feel thirsty, make sure you drink enough fluids throughout the day, as staying well hydrated is essential to eliminate phlegm more easily.
- Do physical activity with caution. Physical activity offers many benefits, but in the summer it is better not to overexert yourself, since the heat worsens the feeling of shortness of breath. Therefore, it is appropriate to exercise early in the morning or in the afternoon, almost at night, monitoring your symptoms.
Dra. Karla Tafur
Pulmonologist at Clínica Ricardo Palma