Cold air makes it more difficult to breathe. When you have a chronic lung disease, anything that makes it more difficult to breathe is a problem. However, you cannot be expected to stay cooped up indoors all winter. If you must go outside, take some precautions to limit the effects winter air has on your lungs.
7 Tips for Protecting Your Lungs in the Winter
- Wash Your Hands — The winter months are known as the cold and flu season. The cold and flu are rough on people with healthy lungs, but they’re even rougher for those with lung disease. Germs often spread into your mouth or nose from your hands. Frequently wash your hands with soap to reduce your chances of getting sick.
- Cover Your Nose and Mouth — Cold, dry air can cause your airways to constrict, which makes it much more difficult to breathe when you have lung disease. If you’re going outside briefly, cover your mouth and nose with a scarf to help trap warmth from the air you exhale. If you’ll be outdoors for longer, you should invest in a cold weather mask designed to warm and humidify the air you breathe.
- Stay Warm and Dry — You are more vulnerable to infection like the common cold or pneumonia when your body experiences stress because it’s cold and wet. Dress warm and stay dry to help reduce the risk of infection to avoid further breathing problems when it’s cold.
- Preheat Your Vehicle — Since staying warm is so important during the winter months, you should always preheat your vehicle if you’re planning on going somewhere.
- Use Your Inhaler — Many people with chronic lung diseases are prescribed inhalers to help when symptoms flare up. You may be tempted to save an inhaler for last resort in an exercise of self-reliance, but, in the winter months, it’s better to play it safe and use your inhaler when coughing or experiencing shortness of breath.
- Insulate Your Oxygen Tubes — If you use an oxygen tank, keep the tubes out of the cold weather. These tubes can quickly get cold if exposed to the winter air, which affects their performance and chills the air you breathe. Keep your oxygen tubes warm by using an insulated cover for them or by lining the tubes inside your clothing.
- Drink Warm Water Once Inside — This tip isn’t medically proven, but many people claim it helps soothe the burning they feel in their lungs after being outside in the winter. If you want to try this, make sure the water is warm (not hot) and drink it slowly instead of chugging it all at once.
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Are you suffering from shortness of breath caused by chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or another lung disease? If you’re looking for a natural treatment option that can help you Breathe Easier, you should look into cellular therapy at Lung Health Institute.
Cellular therapy is a treatment that uses therapeutic cells from a sample of your blood to help reduce inflammation in the lungs. These cells specifically target inflammation in the lungs to help reduce it and prevent it from building back up, keeping your airways clearer for better breathing.
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