How to Handle Lung Problems When the Weather Gets Colder
Fall is definitely on it’s way, and that means that the weather is going to start getting cooler — fast. If you like the mild temperatures or enjoy a chill in the air, that’s great. It’s not so wonderful, however, if you happen to suffer from mesothelioma, a lung cancer, or any kind of lung disease.
How can you find ways to breathe a little easier once the weather gets cold? Here are some tips:
- Don’t light the fireplace. You generally want to avoid wood-burning stoves and fireplaces when you have breathing problems. The small particulates in the smoke can irritate the lungs, especially when you already have problems with your airways.
- Stick close to home. It’s easier to control your environment at home, so do as much as you can indoors. If you walk for exercise, for example, consider getting a treadmill.
- Stock up on scarves. Protective gear is essential when you’re trying to keep cold air out of your lungs. A scarf worn over your mouth when you are outside will warm the air and create some much-needed humidity for your lungs, which can help you avoid bronchospasms.
- Use your medications: If you have a rescue inhaler, for example, it’s time to get it out and carry it with you. Even if you don’t, using your medication as prescribed — faithfully — can minimize any problems with the cold air.
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