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Winter health warning

Patients with breathing problems are being given advice

Patients with breathing problems are being given advice

Doctors across Wyre are urging residents with breathing problems and long-term lung conditions to stay healthy as winter bites.

Doctors across Wyre are urging residents with breathing problems and long-term lung conditions to stay healthy as winter bites.

In Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre, around 9,000 people have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) - the name for a collection of lung diseases including chronic bronchitis and emphysema which cause breathing difficulties.

Dr Tony Naughton, clinical chief officer at NHS Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “Symptoms can be much worse in the winter with cold air causing patients’ airways to become narrower, making it more difficult to breathe. However, there are things you can do to help stop your COPD becoming worse.

“Taking small steps will help make a difference to your condition.

“Respiratory illnesses, including COPD, affect thousands of people in Fylde and Wyre, and are the main cause of 28 per cent of all deaths. This is why supporting people with respiratory illness, and working to prevent it in the first place, are big priorities for the local NHS.”

Dr Naughton is advising people with lung conditions to check the weather before they go outside, and to protect their lungs by wearing a hood or scarf that covers the nose and mouth.

 

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