Breathing Issues

Summer Survival Tips for Anyone with Breathing Issues

A three dimensional render of a set of lungsThe high heat of summer can be a drag to deal with, even more so if you are someone who has breathing issues. People with asthma, emphysema, chronic bronchitis and COPD know what it is like to have difficulty breathing already, and breathing in all that overheated air can make it so much worse. To help you survive the dog days of summer, we will give you some tips that will make it not only easier to breathe, but keep you as healthy as possible until cooler weather arrives.Is your child having trouble breathing? Call us today at Owl Now Urgent Care and we will help you understand how summer can make breathing issues worse. Our caring professionals will also give you a few valuable summer survival tips for your child.

But Why Is It Harder to Breathe?

When you breathe in oxygen, it goes into your bloodstream, and is actually put to work keeping your body temperature at its normal 98.6 degrees. When you get overheated thanks to summer temperatures, your body has to work harder to keep that normal temperature, and requires more oxygen to cool it down. For people with breathing issues, this can become especially dangerous, and can trigger a condition known as bronchospasms.

A bronchospasm can cause the muscles lining your airway to contract and cramp. For someone who normally has trouble breathing regularly, this can be life-threatening, making even normal activities during the summer months dangerous. For this reason alone, it is always a good idea to limit your outdoor activities, and remain as cool as possible.

Summer Survival Tips

If you have to go outside during the heat of summer, you must do all you can to remain as cool as possible, to avoid spiking your body temperature and requiring your body to draw in more oxygen.

• Keep yourself hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids like cool water, which will help to keep your temperature down.

• Wear loose and light-colored clothing. Avoid dark or tight clothing as it tends to trap the heat next to your body, spiking your internal temperature.

• Wear plenty of sunscreen, and try to keep to shaded areas as much as possible.

• Try to time your outdoor excursions to coincide with the coolest times of the day, like early morning or as the sun is going down.

• If you drive, park your car in shaded areas so that heat does not build inside while you are out of it.

• Whenever you are indoors, try to stay within areas that are air-conditioned, and avoid overexerting yourself. You can exercise during the summer, but try to keep it at a minimum and swim as often as you can as a substitute for more strenuous activities. Keeps your temperature down, and the moisture will keep airways open, especially for children with breathing issues.

Last but not least, always, always remember to take your prescribed medications during this time.