If you have been following our blog for a while, you know the common types of respiratory diseases and what causes them. The good thing about knowing the causes is you can come up preventive measures to avoid those causes. Putting aside genetically influenced diseases, you should be able to do a good job of prevention.
Prevention is more important than cure, is a saying that many of you have heard. It is something we all take for granted. While diseases can be cured after they are diagnosed, we fail to take into account the side-effects of treatments and drugs. There are always unwanted side-effects associated with any type of medication.
Let us address the elephant in the room. We all know the consequences of smoking, both smokers and non-smokers alike. While genetics plays in your favor some of the time, you will most likely contract respiratory ailments if you continuously smoke. And it’s not just smoking, inhaling second-hand smoking has also a good chance of causing serious diseases like lung cancer. If you don’t smoke, ensure you don’t stay too long in areas with second-hand smoke.
It is the simplest of things, but proper breathing is often a good preventive measure. When we say proper breathing, we mean the right frequency of inhalation and exhalation. This applies especially to people who physically exert their body intensely, such as athletes, sportsmen and fitness trainers. Such people constantly have accelerated heart beats, where your body craves for more oxygen and you have a tendency to breathe rapidly.
Don’t stay indoors frequently
For people with indoor, office jobs, it is vital that you don’t stay indoor all the time. Indoor pollution can be caused by indoor chemicals and paint fumes, and can cause respiratory ailments. Make sure you get enough air circulation outdoors, to clear your air passages.
Cover your coughs
We have heard this numerous times, that it is important to cover your mouth or nose whilst coughing or sneezing. Coughing and sneezing release bacteria that are air-borne and can be inhaled by surrounding people. It is the simplest of precautions to take, and there really should be no excuses for this one.
Let us all exercise caution through these steps. Respiratory diseases are one of the leading causes of death in the US, with at least 15 million Americans diagnosed with just COPD. These precautions may just save your life.