Doctors caution patients to be vigilant of health as temperatures drop

Doctors caution patients to be vigilant of health as temperatures drop

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - With the cold temperatures here, there’s no doubting it’s now winter.

We often think about covering our plants, but we sometimes don’t think about our own health in cooler conditions. After speaking with doctors, we’ve learned that people with lung conditions like COPD or really any chronic lung disease have to be extremely careful when temperatures start to change.

Dr. Jason McClume with Memorial Health tells us the cold air can make those kinds of lung conditions worse. He says the symptoms would be shortness of breath, coughing, and wheezing. He also says people with those lung conditions are also more susceptible to respiratory illnesses.

Dr. McClume says these things can happen to people with lung conditions even in extreme heat. He says the best way to protect yourself is prevention.

“This time of year, we talk about prevention, so patients with lung disease, COPD, and emphysema need to be very careful about going out in extremes. Extreme heat, extreme cold. If they have to go out, make sure they cover their face with a mask or a scarf. Try to stay away from people who may have other respiratory infections."

Dr. McClume says good hygiene and staying up to date on your vaccines are some of the best ways to prevent yourself from these conditions.

If you see any change in your condition, talk to your doctor.

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