Do you experience shortness in breath just walking around the house or just a bit of home gardening? When you do exercise or climbing the stairs, do you have trouble inhaling a deep breath? How is your breathing compared from last year Â– can you do what you used to do a year ago? How long have you been coughing?
CHECK YOUR BREATH AND CHECK YOUR COUGH FOR LUNG HEALTH
Do you experience shortness in breath just walking around the house or just a bit of home gardening? When you do exercise or climbing the stairs, do you have trouble inhaling a deep breath? How is your breathing compared from last year – can you do what you used to do a year ago? How long have you been coughing?
We hear many issues about lung cancer – but less about a lung disorder that is just common and draining. Two conditions; emphysema and chronic obstructive bronchitis both of which are caused by lung damage from exposure to irritants like asbestos and smoking. The combination of both disorders results to Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease or COPD.
Check Your Breath
Many people start to experience short breath and thinking, ‘I am getting old’ or ‘I’m out of shape.’ They don’t do anything but cutting their activity degree, but then, just by waking-up and going to the bathroom you’ll have a sudden notice of grasping your breath. Then, there must be something wrong.
When your lungs are not in its ability to perform well, signs begin to appear so subtle that most likely to be recognize as such. COPD, according to health experts is the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S. The result of this lung injury gradually limits the lungs ability to take oxygen – it’s vital to cease it as soon as possible, even COPD is a progressive disease that can NOT be slowed or reversed without treatment.
And if you don’t pay attention and start treating it until you’re already running-out of breath just walking around the garden, you’ve got a lot less to work with. Not only that, but cutting back is the last thing you want to do to prevent COPD to progress; increasing and maintaining your activities is key to keeping the lung function that you have.
Do you take the elevator to escape your breathe grasp? Ask yourself the questions above and experiment with various activities to see if you have shortness of breath when you increase your level of exertion and take note if there is changes over-time. If you feel your ability to draw a deep breath is declining, asks your physician to perform lung function tests to give you a clear picture of your lung health.
Check Your Cough
Every individual get a cough once in awhile, but a frequent coughing or they hang-around for a long time and become chronic, it’s time to consult your doctor. COPD strikes the bronchial tubes including alveoli, the small sacs lining the lungs, resulting them to be elastic and flexible and worst, the walls of the air passage becomes dense and produce much mucus to clogs them up.
If one cough up mucus or phlegm cough that is any other color than clear, that can be a worsening sign according to COPD Foundation of Columbia, Doctor Byron Thomashow. The mucus may color clear, yellowish, green or some spot of blood with it.
Interesting fact to be aware, as more popular to hard-core smoker here, that if you are still smoking, sputum are less productive despite advancing COPD but increase of sputum happens after the smoker quit. A famous old actress (not to mention her name - a chain smoker) attest to this fact that after she quit smoking, she felt more tired and fatigue because of the abrupt increase in sputum production. She died from lung cancer.
World COPD Day is observed every November in the Philippines and around the world.
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