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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    My partner and I have been thinking of relocating. What climate is better suited for a COPD sufferer?

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    Dr Mark Hurwitz

    Respiratory & Sleep Medicine Physician

    Director Respiratory and Sleep Medicine The Canberra Hospital Clinical Associate Professor The Australian National University Medical School View Profile

    That is an interesting question because there is no one climate that suits everyone. There's a basic degree of variability. Some people are a lot happier and seem to do a lot better in warmer climates, whereas some people just can't tolerate the humidity associated with that. And by the same token, living in a cold environment, and being exposed to, particularly cold air and cold wind, can make one highly symptomatic. And there does seem to be an increased incidence of infections in cold weather. So one's general perception is that it is ideally a bit better to live in a slightly warmer climate, or one where you don't get exposed to freezing conditions. But, then again, as I said, humidity can certainly play a role as well. Sometimes, it's a matter of seeing what's best for one personally, and then, ideally living there.

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