• What is your experience with lung cancer and extreme cold weather? Mine is that when I step outside into the cold (below 32) it feels like I

    Asked by Boogerman on Monday, January 11, 2016

    What is your experience with lung cancer and extreme cold weather? Mine is that when I step outside into the cold (below 32) it feels like I

    am breathing in fire. The cold air rushing down just feels like it burns. I haven't had a chance to ask my Doctor about it, just wondering if this is normal. I feel fine breathing in the house where it's warm.

    8 Answers from the Community

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    • CAS1's Avatar

      I don't have this..I have more difficulty breathing when its hot and humid.

      over 3 years ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar

      I also do not have any trouble breathing when it is cold. Humidity makes it a little more difficult but, for the most part, the weather doesn't particularly affect my breathing. (I live in Texas ... cold is relative! It might be that I would have a different reaction if I lived somewhere that it was actually really cold!)

      over 3 years ago
    • CAS1's Avatar

      i use Spiriva from time to time.. Not often because it is a roid but every so often.

      over 3 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      I didn't have lung cancer, but the cold kills my throat and neck.

      over 3 years ago
    • ralph's Avatar

      i cover my face with a gloved hand and i try to avoid cold air

      over 3 years ago
    • tkantor's Avatar

      I also do, I had my left lung removed and I have a difficult time breathing in cold weather. I live in El Paso, TX where it rarely gets cold, but when it does I hibernate or wrap a scarf around my head. My family would like me to move back to Pittsburgh but I don't think I could survive the winters Wishing you well and stay warm :)

      over 3 years ago
    • donesewright's Avatar

      Hi Boogerman, My husband really struggles with both the cold and the humidity (especially the kind he gets from being in the shower. We live in Minnesota, so we know about the cold weather. he was given a great piece of advice, though, that has really helped: You know those face masks that they tell you to wear if you are sick with (or want to avoid catching) the flu? They have another wonderful purpose. They keep the cold air out while still allowing you to breath freely. One homecare nurse told him that if it was especially cold, to just double them up. At first, he felt a little self-conscious wearing the mask in public, but he has found it to be so helpful that he no longer cares what it looks like. I wish you the best. Stay warm!

      over 3 years ago
    • Shoeless' Avatar

      I live near Chicago so I know about cold. I found something that helps a lot - it is called "CT Mask". Got it from Alick's Home Medical Equipment, Inc. but I'm sure there are many medical supply companies that carry it. It covers the nose and mouth and also wraps around to cover the cheeks and ears. The incoming air doesn't come straight through but is channeled to be heated by your cheeks before hitting the nose and mouth. It makes it easier to be out in the cold air.

      over 3 years ago

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