The Struggle for Air: Surviving Lung Disease

lady getting checkup with doctor

lady getting checkup with doctor

Our lungs serve as a conduit for oxygen via the air we breathe. This process is carried out because the cells in our body require oxygen to function and grow. This is a difficult activity for people struggling with lung diseases, but with therapies and treatment they can survive the disease and go on to live their normal lives.

Lung disease includes all forms of maladies that affect the lungs like

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), emphysema, chronic bronchitis, pleural diseases, Inhalational ailments, blood clots to the lung, lung cancer, pulmonary hypertension, sarcoidosis, none resolving pneumonia and the likes.

Risk or Causative Factors

Factors that pose a threat to the lung include the following:

  • Frequent and prolonged exposure to pollutants
  • Smoking (inclusive of second-hand smoke and smoke from machinery)
  • Obesity, family history or a weak immune system
  • Exposure to Radon (found in some buildings)
  • Exposure to Asbestos (This is a natural mineral fiber used in insulation, fireproofing materials, car brakes, and other products)
  • Poor personal hygiene, thereby causing infections

Surviving Lung Disease

A lung disease diagnosis means you should pay closer attention to your lungs and get treatment or specialized care. Around the world, people struggle with the disease and continually survive its intrusion into their lives. Therefore, you are not alone. A diagnosis of any lung illness will require a lifestyle change and personalized treatment plan.

Here are some lung disease survival tips:

  • Stop smoking. This is one important lifestyle change that should be adopted
  • Engage in regular and appropriate exercise (breathing exercises) as prescribed by your doctor
  • Eat nutritious meals, to stay fit and enhance treatment
  • Go for regular checkups and screening
  • Get flu and pneumonia shot where applicable
  • Practice good personal hygiene, to reduce the risk of infections
  • Know the warning signs, seek professional medical help and get on the part toward recovery
  • Finally, heed the advice of your doctor. A doctor (pulmonary specialist) will aid you toward treatment and a better quality of life.
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The PCC Expertise

At our point of care, we emphasize the healthy lung concept and aim to see you breathe better. We are equipped with diagnostic equipment that generates onsite information necessary for your care plan. If you are experiencing any of the mentioned symptoms or you consider yourself at risk, please contact us.

Kindly visit us at Pulmonary Disease and discover how we can help you and your loved ones feel better.