Veteran's Health Library Menu

Health Encyclopedia

Life With COPD

Feeling Your Best

Chronic Lung Disease: Preventing Lung Infections - VHL HealthSheet #82433_VA
When you have COPD, you’re more likely to develop a lung infection (pneumonia) with a cold or the flu. To stay healthier, avoid contact with germs. Get prompt treatment at the first sign of illness.
Chronic Lung Disease: Controlling Stress - VHL HealthSheet #82484_VA
Stress and anxiety can make breathing harder. When it’s hard to breathe, it’s natural to get anxious and start to panic. This makes you even more short of breath. This sequence is known as the dyspnea cycle, and it’s common among people with COPD. The good news is, you have the power to break the cycle.
Depression: Tips to Help Yourself - VHL HealthSheet #84263_VA
After getting help from others, there are things you can do to help yourself. First, be patient. Remember, you have an illness that affects you emotionally, physically, mentally, socially, and spiritually. Recovery will take time.
Chronic Lung Disease: Avoiding Irritants and Allergens - VHL HealthSheet #88795_VA
You probably can’t avoid all irritants all the time. But you’ll most likely breathe better if you stay away from the substances that bother you.
Help improve the VHL. Share your opinions! Click here for brief survey

VHL Web Tour Video - Opens in a pop up window

Did You Know?

Keep your environment free of lung irritants like dust, fumes, and secondhand smoke. If the outdoor air quality is poor, stay indoors. 

Copyright © The StayWell Company, LLC. except where otherwise noted.
Disclaimer - Opens 'Disclaimer' in Dialog Window | Help | About Veterans Health Library