Cold and Flu and COPD | Cold-Q™

Do you suffer from COPD? Also known as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; chronic bronchitis; or emphysema. COPD or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is a progressive disease that makes it hard to breathe. Progressive means the disease gets worse over time.

Consider using Cold-Q when feeling symptoms of a cold or flu coming on, and here’s why:

 

COPD can make breathing difficult. It’s that much worse when you have a cold.   Not only does catching a cold worsen your ability to breathe and be active, but the cold virus increases your chance of getting a more serious respiratory tract infection. Here’s what you should know to stay well.

What Happens When Someone With Emphysema or Chronic Bronchitis Catches A Cold?

A cold is a viral respiratory illness that mainly affects your nose and throat, but in some instances, it can affect your airways. When you have emphysema or chronic bronchitis, you already have some difficulty breathing because of the damaged airways in your lungs. Catching a respiratory virus along with COPD can hinder breathing and can cause many serious symptoms.

Respiratory infections may be responsible for up to 70% of the incidents of worsened COPD. Catching a cold with emphysema or chronic bronchitis may lead to bacterial infections such as pneumonia. This occurs because of the airway obstruction and the inability to cough up infected mucus.

Sometimes, patients with COPD need to be hospitalized because of a respiratory infection and the worsening of their symptoms. Treatment may include inhaled medications, oxygen, and antibiotics to treat any bacterial infection. Antibiotics do not treat a cold – which is why many with COPD love using Cold-Q, as they find that they might not need to be hospitalized and therefore won’t need antibiotics..

To avoid more serious problems with emphysema and chronic bronchitis, it’s important to always alert your doctor if your cold symptoms get worse. Don’t wait until you have more serious breathing problems to contact your doctor.

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