Many chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients are aware that outdoor air quality can cause issues for them. Did you know that considering the indoor air quality of your home is just as, if not more, important when you have this chronic lung condition? Here are 3 reasons COPD patients should pay attention to the air quality of their home:
1. Poor Indoor Air Quality Can Make Symptoms Worse
COPD patients typically have to deal with a wide range of symptoms. Wheezing is a typical COPD symptom, and many people with COPD also have trouble catching their breath. In many cases, breathlessness can make it difficult for COPD patients to perform even physically “easy” daily tasks like bathing, walking and cooking. Patients with this chronic lung condition also tend to have a chronic cough.
All these symptoms can be much worse if your indoor air quality is poor. This is because particles, chemical fumes and other airborne irritants can easily enter the lungs, and this means they can also increase the irritation of your lung tissue. In turn, the increased irritation can lead to more wheezing, greater difficulty catching your breath and more coughing.
2. Poor Indoor Air Quality Can Lead to More Exacerbations
An exacerbation is a sudden increase in the seriousness of COPD symptoms, and these are a common reason COPD patients must make unscheduled hospital visits. These visits can be very expensive, and the exacerbations that lead to them may have a lot to do with the indoor air quality in your home. This is especially true if there is lots of dust, mold spores and other particles in the air of the home; even common household cleaners can leave behind fumes that can trigger an exacerbation.
3. Poor Indoor Air Quality Can Increase Risks of Secondary Infections
A common effect of COPD is that the immune system is weakened, and when a weaker immune system is combined with poor indoor air quality, COPD patients can be at greater risk of secondary infections. These infections are often caused by airborne bacteria and viruses in the air of your home, and they can lead to more serious conditions like pneumonia. And as mentioned above, they can trigger a COPD exacerbation and lead to yet more days spent in the hospital.
Let Lung Health Institute Help Treat Your COPD
At Lung Health Institute, we know that things like indoor air quality are important for COPD patients, and we also know that finding effective supplemental treatments for your condition is vital to improving quality of life.
One supplemental treatment we offer is minimally invasive cellular therapy. When patients receive cellular therapy, a small sample of the patient’s own blood is taken. Then, the sample is taken to our on-site lab, and platelets, growth factors, proteins and other beneficial cells are separated and concentrated from it. These concentrated cells are then returned into the bloodstream. This may promote the repair of damaged tissue and reduce inflammation, allowing patients to Breathe Easier™ and improving their quality of life.
Take the next step to Breathe Easier. Contact a Lung Health Institute patient coordinator today for more information or to schedule a free consultation.