Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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Will Dry Air Aggravate My COPD?

Tuesday, 11 Dec 2012 10:31 AM




Question: I have COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and I want to go to Arizona this winter. Will the dry air hurt my condition? I have heard that desert fever, a fungal condition, is a threat also.

Dr. Hibberd’s answer:

Arizona has a very dry climate. COPD sufferers often find relief in this climate. Desert fever (coccidiodomycosis) is quite uncommon among visitors, and should not be a factor in your visit to Arizona this year.

When it does occur, it is usually mild, with flu-like symptoms, and getting an infection once usually confers lifetime immunity. It is not passed from person to person, and may be prevented by wearing a mask during dust storms and avoiding accidental dust inhalation.

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