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Tackling Lung Health Through the Fall and Winter

By Brandi Goodman

You need healthy lungs to breathe easily. Yet, so many suffer from poor lung health either due to medical conditions or their own doing from smoking. No matter the cause, it's imperative that you work hard to tackle your lung health and keep it intact the best you can. This is particularly true during the fall and winter when complications are likely to arise.

Keep a Supply of Medications on Hand

Many people suffering from lung conditions take medication. If a snowstorm comes through, you're stuck outside your home, or otherwise unable to get to your medications, there could be serious implications. It's important to always keep a supply of your medicine on hand so you have it anywhere you need. This may mean putting a few days' worth of supplies in your vehicle's glove box or keeping a to-go bag with some in it. 

Have a Carbon Monoxide Detector Installed

Perhaps your lungs work fine. That won't matter if carbon monoxide gets into your home or there are air pollutants wreaking havoc on your respiratory system. Make sure you have a carbon monoxide detector installed somewhere in your house so you can be alerted to the danger and get it resolved promptly.

Stock Up on Battery Operated Flashlights

A power outage can happen in the fall and winter during storms. It's best if you stock up on battery operated flashlights, lanterns, and similar devices so you can get the light you need. Don't keep candles burning in your house that give off fumes and can add to your difficulty breathing. Not to mention the fire hazard they can cause. 

Keep Your Nose and Mouth Covered Outdoors

Especially if you have a chronic lung condition, the dry, cold air can cause serious struggles. Be sure to keep your nose and mouth covered if you have to go outdoors. A scarf can help with this. You should also avoid shoveling snow and spending prolonged periods outside if you can manage. The cold can quickly cause concerns for your lungs and you may experience severe coughing and shortness of breath because of it. 

Your lung health can deteriorate quickly in the cold. Always do what you can to keep your lungs healthy and working to the best of their ability so you can breathe easier and maintain normal functioning. You can have a healthier fall and winter with these tips in mind.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Portland, Ore.

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