Traveling with breathing problemsOxygen - travel; Collapsed lung - travel; Chest surgery - travel; COPD - travel; Chronic obstructive airways disease - travel; Chronic obstructive lung disease - travel; Chronic bronchitis - travel; Emphysema - travel
If you have breathing problems and you:
- Are short of breath most of the time
- Get short of breath when you walk 150 feet (45 meters) or less
- Have been in the hospital for breathing problems recently
- Use oxygen at home, even if just at night or with exercise
If you were in the hospital for your breathing problems and had:
- Chest surgery
- A collapsed lung
Also talk to your doctor if you plan to travel in a place at a high altitude (such as Colorado or Utah).
American Lung Association website. What goes in an asthma or COPD travel pack? www.lung.org/about-us/blog/2017/09/asthma-copd-travel-pack.html. Updated March 16, 2018. Accessed July 23, 2019.
American Thoracic Society website. Oxygen therapy. www.thoracic.org/patients/patient-resources/resources/oxygen-therapy.pdf. Updated April 2016. Accessed February 28, 2018.
COPD Foundation website. Oxygen therapy. www.copdfoundation.org/What-is-COPD/Living-with-COPD/Oxygen-Therapy.aspx. Updated June 2015. Accessed February 28, 2018.
Luks AM, Schiene RB, Swenson ER. High altitude. In: Broaddus VC, Mason RJ, Ernst JD, et al, eds. Murray and Nadel's Textbook of Respiratory Medicine. 6th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders; 2016:chap 77.