Many of us already know this information but some may not so, the information below are some tips that can help us cope better. The information is from the BLF page "Weather and your lungs" blf.org.uk/Page/How-weather...
Hot weather and your lungs
?If you have a lung condition, then hot weather can make it worse. Here are some tips to help you keep cool:
1. Avoid going outside during the hottest times of day 12-2pm
2. Avoid excessive physical activity, or do it in the cooler ends of the day.
3. Keep the windows closed while the room is cooler than it is outside. If safe, open windows at night when the air is cooler.
4. Have cool baths or showers, and splash yourself with cool water.
5. Drink water or fruit juice regularly (avoid alcohol, tea or coffee).
6. Wear loose, cool clothing and a hat if you go outdoors and remember to take any medication that you might need with you.
7. Avoid areas of high pollution – sunlight can react with pollutants to form especially harmful substances such as ozone and oxides of nitrogen
8. You can check pollution levels in your area by ringing 0800 556677 (for free) or visit airquality.co.uk
9. Make sure you drink plenty of water
10. If you suffer from hay fever during the summer months you can check the pollen count
If you are worried, please call the British Lung Foundation's helpline on 03000 030 555. **
** open mon-fri 10 am to 6pm
I would add to no. 6, when going outside, always carry with you, your mobile phone in case of emergency. Take a bottle of water with you and small battery operated hand held fan, a small pump action spray bottle (can get in boots, the travel clear bottles) these you can fill with water and spray on your face then use the hand held fan for a cooling affect. Sit or if walking stay in the shade when you can.
Other options I have used which have been helpful:
- Carry with you the lunch box size soft gel ice cool packs.
- Carry an umbrella as an alternative to shade you.
- Buff tube excellent all round protection, can use as a mask if walking by traffic or to shade yourself, I have the UV protection one, they are great and easy to carry with you.
If I think of anything else I will add, please add anything you find useful too, it will be great to share tips.
Many thanks BC