COPD stands for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Its symptoms sometimes include blocked airways, bronchitis and emphysema. COPD causes damage to your lungs and thus also damages your body. The following tips will aid in preventing COPD.
1. Do not smoke. If you do smoke stop smoking. The chemicals in cigarettes irritate the lungs which causes inflammation. Do not go around cigarette smoke. Do not allow cigarette smoke in your home.
2. Avoid working in polluted areas. The pollution will get into your lungs and irritate them much like smoking.
3. Maintain a healthy diet and drink plenty of water. Maintaining a healthy diet keeps your body in good health and this will help your body fight off COPD.
4. Use a humidifier or a vaporizer in your bedroom and throughout the house. This will encourage the growth of healthy organisms. Be sure to change the water frequently.
5. Dust is an irritant to the respiratory system. Keeping your living space dusted is vital to your good health. Dust the surfaces in your home. Change your bedding, clean and vacuum under the bed and purchase new pillows frequently.
6. In the bathroom if moisture is too high there is a risk of mold or other pollutants, organisms, and irritants growing. Make sure that your bathroom moisture is kept under control. If there is an exhaust fan in the bathroom that is the best thing to use. If there is not an exhaust fan be sure to open the door and air the room out after each steam filled use.
7. Vacuum the carpet in the living areas frequently. Not only is there bacteria and organisms tracked in from the outside but there is also dust in the carpet. Use a vacuum that will be hypoallergenic and not pollute the air with the irritants that you are picking up.
8. When cooking be sure to use the exhaust fans so that your lungs aren’t irritated by the heat and any possible toxins that are being removed by cooking the food.
9. Never use the oven as a source of heat for the home. This is unsafe as a fire hazard and it allows bacteria and irritants to gather and disturb your lungs.
10. Never run your car engine in a closed garage. The exhaust this emits is deadly and harmful for your lungs.
Many things that prevent COPD are things that are good health and safety things to do automatically. Consult your physician for a more personalized program in preventing this condition if you are at risk for developing it.