An Example of a 3-Day Mucus-Eliminating Meal Plan

An Example of a 3-Day Mucus-Eliminating Meal Plan

There are many symptoms that are common when a patient has a chronic lung disease. A common symptom of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and other chronic lung conditions is increased amounts of mucus. The foods you eat every day can go a long way toward...
Updates to Current Vaping Laws

Updates to Current Vaping Laws

Vape pens and e-cigarettes have become an accepted alternative to traditional tobacco products in the past few years. Many people have even claimed that these products can help people stop smoking. However, there is also a growing body of evidence that suggests vape...
Caregivers: How to Help Patients With Chronic Lung Disease

Caregivers: How to Help Patients With Chronic Lung Disease

Caregivers experience life’s greatest challenges and its greatest rewards. Caregiving for a loved one with a chronic disease can be physically and emotionally stressful. You may have to assist with transportation, finances, household tasks and personal care for...
Dangers From Nail and Hair Salon Fumes

Dangers From Nail and Hair Salon Fumes

You may frequent a nail or hair salon for a haircut, dye job, manicure or pedicure. But if you have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), chronic asthma or another chronic lung condition, the salon environment may have triggers that can lead to a flare-up....
30 Foods That Can Increase Mucus and 30 That Can Reduce It

30 Foods That Can Increase Mucus and 30 That Can Reduce It

In moderation, your body’s mucus production is supposed to benefit you. After all, it is supposed to help trap bacteria, mold spores and viruses before they get to your lungs and cause infections. However, too much mucus can cause problems for patients with chronic...
The Importance of Hand-Washing

The Importance of Hand-Washing

When you think about how colds and the flu spread, you may be picturing germs in the air from coughing and sneezing — but in reality, 80% of common infections spread via hand contact. Germs from dirty hands are a leading cause of gastrointestinal illnesses and...
Choosing Household Cleaning Products With COPD

Choosing Household Cleaning Products With COPD

Keeping a clean house may help to reduce your risk of symptom flare-ups if you have a chronic lung disease like chronic obstructive respiratory disease (COPD). But cleaning with household products exposes your lungs to chemicals that can irritate your respiratory...
4 Benefits of Yoga for Chronic Lung Disease

4 Benefits of Yoga for Chronic Lung Disease

Yoga is a meditative practice that originated in India. It focuses on uniting the body and the mind by performing physical postures (asanas) while engaging in mindful breathing techniques (pranayama). For people who suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease...
These 5 Tips Can Make Oxygen Use Safer for COPD Patients

These 5 Tips Can Make Oxygen Use Safer for COPD Patients

Using in-home supplemental oxygen and portable oxygen systems can be very helpful for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients. One thing I think all my COPD patients on supplemental oxygen should know is that both in-home and portable oxygen systems are...
Considering the Pros and Cons of the Zephyr Valve Procedure

Considering the Pros and Cons of the Zephyr Valve Procedure

Recently, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a new treatment for emphysema patients called the Zephyr Valve procedure. As the senior medical director at Lung Health Institute, I’ve been following the development and certification of this treatment with...
The Benefits of Music for People With COPD

The Benefits of Music for People With COPD

If you have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or another chronic lung condition, creating and listening to music can be a healthy and fun activity for you. In particular, singing and playing a wind instrument (like the flute, harmonica, saxophone, clarinet,...
Preparing for a Hurricane With Chronic Lung Disease

Preparing for a Hurricane With Chronic Lung Disease

The 2019 Atlantic hurricane season started June 1, and it will last until November 30. If you suffer from chronic lung disease and live in a hurricane-prone city, early preparation is essential. Luckily, approaching hurricanes give plenty of warning, which allows you...
3 Benefits NAC Supplements Can Have for COPD Patients

3 Benefits NAC Supplements Can Have for COPD Patients

Supplements may help you if you have a chronic lung disease, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Although there are several supplements that COPD patients can take, n-acetyl cysteine (NAC) can be particularly beneficial. In fact, there are 3...
How to Prepare for the Fourth of July With Lung Disease

How to Prepare for the Fourth of July With Lung Disease

If you have chronic lung disease, you can still enjoy backyard parties, fireworks and barbecues with family and friends this Fourth of July. With a little preparation, you can decrease your risk of flare-ups during the festivities. Several Fourth of July activities...
3 COPD-Friendly Summer Vacation Ideas

3 COPD-Friendly Summer Vacation Ideas

Just because you have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) doesn’t mean you should stop taking summer vacations. With a little planning and the right destination, COPD patients can still enjoy the fun and liberation that summer vacations have to offer. Here...