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Rod Brouhard, EMT  P

Can't Breathe in the Cold?

By December 30, 2012

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It's definitely cold out there. My wife and I went for a 13 mile training run this morning (she ran; I rode the support/chase bicycle). I wore gloves, beanie and a jacket and I was still cold. This is California!

(Canadians please take note: we have surfing during Christmas break here and I don't want to hear comparisons between my cold and your sub zero snowstorms. It's all relative.)

Maybe you have a medical condition that gets worse in the cold. Multiple sclerosis patients don't do too well in either extreme, hot or cold. Amputees will often complain of increased pain in cold weather or when the barometer changes too quickly.

Deborah Leader, About.com's Guide to COPD, has tips for COPD patients who experience shortness of breath in cold weather. COPD is already a tough disease to have, but extremes in temperature can be particularly difficult for this group. If you are a COPD patient, I'm not telling you anything you don't already know.

Deborah's tips are good for more than just COPD patients, so if you have any chronic respiratory disorder that gets worse in the cold, see if these help.

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