Many medical conditions can be worsened in the winter due to the colder temperatures.
One of these conditions is Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). COPD is the name for a group of lung conditions that cause breathing difficulties. The breathing problems tend to get gradually worse over time and can limit your normal activities.
The condition can cause breathlessness, a persistent phlegmy cough and chest infections. Without treatment, the symptoms usually get progressively worse. There may also be periods when they get suddenly worse, known as a flare-up or an exacerbation.
For some, these flare ups can be caused by cold weather. In a study by the European Respiratory Society, it was found that temperatures below freezing can be particularly dangerous for those living with COPD. Strong winds can also increase the chances of a flare-up.
People living with COPD may have to keep an eye on the weather forecast and make sure they have enough medicine with them in case of a flare-up.
The Met Office issues cold weather alerts during winter, which can warn about cold spells.
Along with this, those living with COPD are advised to cover their nose and mouth while outdoors in cold, windy weather with a scarf.
MAC Clinical Research are conducting a new study for a potential COPD treatment, but we need your help.
If you are aged 40-85 and have COPD,we would love to hear from you. You could be eligible for a clinical trial that may further the development of future treatment options.
If eligible you will receive £850 for your time and commitment, additionally, reasonable travel expenses will be paid. The trial will run at our clinics in Greater Manchester, Lancashire, South Yorkshire, and Teesside. For more information, please get in touch via our website.