Hi all, what a wonderful site I have found you all in, have just been diagnosed with COPD and so determined to help myself through this. I have infection at the moment and seemed to have had it forever. But then want to be able to help myself. I have read up a lot and wondering if lemon and ginger drinks help? And should I invest in a humidifier thanks

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  • Yes but only use it in day time as i got mine in bed room or you wake up with a dry mouth

  • Hilsp said a humidifier, not a de-humidifier David. That would make dry air less dry, not more :)

  • Hello and welcome. What a great attitude you will stand you in good stead for dealing with your condition.

    I have several cups of lemon and ginger every day, but I put a teaspoon of raw honey in as well. Honey is supposed to be a natural antibiotic and ginger an anti-inflammatory, so that's my medicine 😄. You're supposed to drink 2 litres of non caffeine drinks every day, which I don't find too difficult (always got the kettle on, even at work!).

    Never had a humidifier, but I'm sure that someone will be along soon with plenty good advice.

    Take care and I look forward to hearing more from you soon.

    Pam XXX

  • Thank you Pam. What a wonderful helpful lot you are I don't feel so much alone in this anymore and will be able to come to terms with it more knowing you can talk to people in similarly situation.

  • Hi Hilsp just like to welcome you to our friendly and informative community. We have a great bunch of people on here that are always willing to help in any way they can.

    Can't help with the Humidifier but you have had some good advice about the lemon and ginger drinks from Pam.

    I hope you enjoy your stay with us.


  • Aah thank you as I said to Pam, love this site xx

  • Hello Hilsp & welcome. You are clearly a very perceptive person as this is indeed a great site 😆

    I cannot help regarding humidifiers but can tell you lots about dehumidifiers, which is of course about as much use to you as a waterproof teabag.... Anyway, welcome 🙋xx

  • Thank you Penelope, after reading your replies, seems that a bowl of steaming water and a towel will do the job just as good xx

  • Hello Hilsp and welcome to the site :) x

  • Thank you looking forward to getting involved xx

  • Hello, it's tricky with a humidifier. I found one very useful indeed when I used to stay regularly with a friend's elderly father. He is tall and skinny so liked to have it very hot, the heating was dry hot air plus underfloor heating. I coughed my boots up (asthma, not copd). The only relief for me was to turn it up when he wasn't looking and stand over it.

    I can also tolerate steamy atmospheres although I have read here that some can't tolerate humidifiers or steamy showers.

    If you have conventional radiators you could put bowls of water around and check how quickly they dry up?

    The humidifier I've experience was a large white egg shape, sorry I cannot put a name to it but there will be some on Amazon. You just need to find if one would suit your breathing - somehow! Good luck. P

  • Thank you so much for your great advice, I really appreciate the help xx

  • Hi, I bought a humidifier a few years ago and I am afraid it ended up in the bin.

    It moistened the air alright, but I must have turned it up too high, and my bedroom floor was awash. I couldn't get the hang of it at all.

    You also have to be careful cleaning it to prevent mould spores.

    But other people may have had a better result than me . Hopefully someone will help.

    I do have a small humidity meter from Amazon that monitors the atmosphere inside ....mine says 42% now....ideal between 40 and 50% so Google says.....Mmm just gone down to 41% for some reason..

  • Hi Knitter was just wondering what make your humidity meter is

  • Hi Mandy....I can't see a name on my humidity meter.....but it looks like the first one on the Amazon website...there seem to be a few which look similar at different prices.

    It was cheap , about 4 inches square, shows temp and humidity levels, but I don't know how accurate it is. I bought it after someone mentioned them on this site.

  • Hi Hilsp, I am another one that does not like high humidity and use a fan to clear a steamy bathroom.

    If I was you I would try putting a towel over my head, held over a bowl of hot water, to see if you can tolerate it first; rather than waste money on a humidifier that you cannot use. High humidity also encourages mould to grow.

  • hi, the best bet is to keep your home at a stable humidity and temperature. I prefer it less humid and try to keep rooms about 45 humidity and the temperature about 21.

    You can monitor the humidity with a hygrometer. I brought one on amazon similar to this one - but they have cheaper ones if you do a search.

    A de-humidifier will remove moisture from the air whilst a humidifier will put moisture into the air. Like others have mentioned having too much humidity can cause a home to start growing mold.

    Indoor relative humidity should be kept below 60 percent to discourage mold growth -- ideally between 40 percent and 50 percent, if possible.

  • Good morning Hilsp and a warm welcome from me.

    You are approaching dealing with your diagnosis it with absolutely the right positive attitude, and certainly any questions you ask on here will be answered truthfully by people with plenty of personal knowledge. This is a caring Site with caring members so come in. Lemon and ginger tea is a lovely clean refreshing drink and will certainly do you more good than many other things you could take. Twinings make a good one and me and my daughter both enjoy it.:-)

  • Thank you Jennifer for the welcome, and yes I think this site and the people will be so helpful and supportive xx

  • We have 3 Aero 360 de humidifiers in the house to soak up excess moisture. They don't make any noise and don't use any electricity. A unit with refill costs less than £10 on eBay. The liquid turns blue and is easy to empty. Joyce

  • Hi hilsp. Welcome.

    I could not get on with humidifiers and so my wife bought me a Bionaire BAP1700 Air Purifier with Air Quality Sensor. "It is for rooms up to 40m2. With cleanable filters and unique air quality sensor technology. The BAP1700 switches fan speeds automatically dependent upon the surrounding air quality." - that's the company's information bit.

    They are not cheap but in my case, so successful that I bought another one!

    I used to suffer when the pollen count was high but the air purifier sorts that out with no problem. It has an ioniser function that is switchable to on/off and this is sometimes useful.

    Hope that this helps.


  • Thank you Paul for the advice, so helpful and I will certainly look up about the air purifiers. It is just that my mother in law uses a nebuliser which has a saline mist and it helps her, so I was thinking about a humidifier that takes the Sam, but have decided to use a steaming bowl and towel. Although Ventolin does it for me, I would prefer to use something natural. Unfortunately I know my condition will only get worse, so looking at long term solutions. This is such a friendly, helpful site to be associated with, thanks again Hils xx

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