Do you have any chronic respiratory disease?

Boehringer has prepared a note with 5 tips in relation to COVID-19

During this time of pandemic, many respiratory patients wonder how to take extreme precautions to keep the symptoms of their disease under control.

Dr. Bernardino Alcázar, pulmonologist at the High Resolution Hospital of Loja, in Granada, transmits these tips to you.

1. Remember to take your medication

To reduce exacerbations, do not forget to take your medication regularly, it is common to forget and skip some doses, and we know it; even so it is important that you remember that it is your health that is at stake.

2. Become aware of your illness

Remember that COVID-19 affects more and more likely people with lung disease. The expert points out that people with COPD are more vulnerable than people with asthma, increasing the risk of mortality, since it generally coincides with older people. Therefore, they must take all the precautions outlined by the health authorities to strictly prevent contagion and, very importantly, “do not use masks if they do not have a positive diagnosis of coronavirus, as it is useless and can generate a false feeling of security, seeing other precautionary measures relaxed ”, adds Dr. Alcázar.

3. Physical exercise is part of your treatment

It is important to mention that the COPD patient must find a way to do physical exercise before a possible quarantine. There are different possibilities of moving around the home, helping you with static machinery, going up and down stairs, exercise tables …

4. Food plays an important role

Food is another thing that should be paid attention, trying to follow a healthy diet, since both overweight and malnutrition are risk factors for the worsening of chronic respiratory patients. “A diet based on vegetables, fruits and proteins so as not to lose muscle table is the most recommended,” the doctor points out.

5. Take action if you notice that something is wrong

If symptoms worsen, contact your health center or pulmonologist, so that they can recommend rescue medication, or intensify it without the need for travel. In an emergency, call 112.

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