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COPD and Infections

I have severe COPD and it seems like everytime I get a cold, I end up in the hospital with severe problems.  Is there anything I can do to minimize the chances of ending up in the hospital??

HELP

Jack
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242588 tn?1224271700
MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL
Several things:  Avoidance of crowds, friends and family with colds during the winter when colds are most highly prevalent.  Also the use of an inhaled steroid along with an inhaled long-acting bronchodilator (Serevent, Spiriva or both).

Pay more careful attention to your respiratory health so that, when you first sense the onset of a cold, the very first signs, you can contact your doctor and arrange to initiate oral steroid and/or antibiotic therapy.

Finally, avoid the agony of Influenza by getting a Flu Shot soon.
Avatar universal
hi jack, i to have copd i try to keep away from people  any infections  take vit c  i wish i new . keep well regards gipsey
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