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Just because you have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) doesn’t mean you should stop taking summer vacations. With a little planning and the right destination, COPD patients can still enjoy the fun and liberation that summer vacations have to offer. Here are 3 COPD-friendly summer vacation ideas to consider this summer.

1. Charlottesville, Virginia: COPD-Friendly Fun in the Virginia Mountains

According to the American Lung Association’s 2019 State of the Air report, Charlottesville, Virginia ranks high in air quality. This is important information when it comes to planning a summer vacation because high levels of pollen and other air pollutants combined with summertime heat and humidity can lead to a worsening of your COPD symptoms.

In addition to great air quality, this historic Virginia city offers many memorable activities. For instance, Thomas Jefferson’s famous home, Monticello, is only a 10-minute drive from the city center. This historic home has beautiful grounds that are bordered by the lovely Blue Ridge mountains. If you need to get out of the heat, you can take a guided tour of the home’s interior or browse one of the gift shops full of unique merchandise related to Monticello, Thomas Jefferson and historic Virginia.

2. Salinas, California: A Bay-Side Journey Into Literary History

If you’re a literature-loving COPD patient who’s looking for a terrific West Coast vacation, you may want to check out Salinas, California. Located in the picturesque Salinas Valley just a few miles from Monterey Bay, Salinas is another city that ranks on the American Lung Association’s list of cities with great air quality.

Literature lovers will especially enjoy this destination as it was the boyhood home of American literature legend John Steinbeck. In fact, the National Steinbeck Center and Steinbeck House offer COPD patients 2 places to visit that are out of the summer heat. Want to get in some beach time, too? Marina State Park is a popular choice for catching some sun and surf, and it’s only about 9 miles from Salinas.

3. Have a Staycation

Some COPD patients may not feel up to making a long journey to a vacation destination. However, if you fall into this category, it doesn’t mean you have to give up on your summer vacation dreams. In fact, you may be able to have lots of fun by having a staycation.

A staycation is when you stay at home and take day trips to attractions that are close to you. One option for COPD patients who opt for a staycation is to visit local museums. Not only will this help you stay out of the summer heat, they’ll also allow you to learn new and interesting facts about your town.

You can also take a trip to some of your local parks or outdoor attractions. Just make sure there’s an air-conditioned space nearby where you can go if you start to feel overheated. Also, bring along enough oxygen for the trip if you use supplemental oxygen, and take breaks whenever you’re feeling short of breath or tired.

Find Treatments to Help You Breathe Easier™ This Summer at Lung Health Institute

Our health care team at Lung Health Institute wants to help you find treatments that let you breathe easier and get more enjoyment out of your summer holidays.

For instance, we offer an innovative treatment option called cellular therapy. When patients receive cellular therapy, a small sample of their own blood is taken, and some of the cells in the blood are separated and concentrated. These concentrated cells are then returned into the bloodstream. Once there, they may promote the repair of damaged tissue and reduce inflammation, and this may allow patients to Breathe Easier and improve their quality of life.

Our health care team also offers 3 Anti-Inflammatory Initiative plans. Also known as AI2™ plans, these plans contain information about lung-healthy foods, recipes, exercise techniques and supplements. All of this information is intended to help provide you with benefits such as boosting your immune system. It may also help you train your body to use fats as fuel to fight inflammation.

Take the next step to find relief. Contact Lung Health Institute today for more information or to schedule a free consultation.

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