Cold and flu season is soon upon us, so it’s especially important to review the checklist for protecting your lungs against infection, viruses, and dangerous behaviors that can severely impact your health.
If you’re currently healthy, stay that way! Continue to eat well, exercise (do what you can; work your way up to 30 minutes daily, five times a week), maintain a healthy body weight, and (big one) don’t smoke. If you’re currently challenged by a condition like asthma or COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), you need to be extra-careful about potential “triggers” that can make existing symptoms worse.
Be good to your lungs this season (and always) by following these tips:
- Consider getting a flu and/or pneumonia shot. (It’s not too late; just be sure to check with your doctor before you do as to what he/she recommends for you. It could depend upon your current health condition and age).
- Bypass crowds when you can, or others with colds.
- If you smoke, QUIT. (Also avoid second-hand smoke.)
- Practice good hygiene by washing your hands often.
- Carry hand-sanitizer with you when on the go.
- Visit the dentist every six months for professional cleanings and exams (mouth bacteria can travel to other areas of the body).
By Lisa Miceli Feliciano
Sources include: www.lung.org.