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Cold air and freezing winds can make breathing extra difficult for people with pulmonary hypertension (PH). Members on MyPHTeam frequently discuss the challenges they face during the winter months.
“I can't breathe in the cold weather outside,” one member reported. Another member wrote, “I live in Canada and now that winter has arrived I have noticed it’s really hard to take a deep breath or walk very far outside in the cold air.”
When staying indoors isn’t an option, members of MyPHTeam suggest the following solutions:
“When it's really cold wear a loose scarf around your nose and mouth.”
“When you first go out take a few deep breaths to eliminate coughing.”
“What really helps me is to try and stay out of the wind.”
“I don't go for walks outside and use the handicap parking a lot more so as to have short walks to and from places.”
On MyPHTeam, the social network and online support group for those living with pulmonary hypertension, members talk about a range of personal experiences and struggles. Cold weather is one of the most discussed topics.
Here are some conversations about cold weather:
Here is a question-and-answer thread about cold weather:
Does cold weather bother you? How do you manage during winter? Share your experience in the comments or on MyPHTeam.
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