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Each Week in October, the Lung Institute’s Medical Staff Gives free Pulmonary Health Advice
Tampa, Fla. (October 7, 2013) – This week, the Lung Institute disbands the misconception that harmful air pollutants are only an outside occurrence and gives insight into how you can improve your home for better lung health. This initiative supports Healthy Lung Month and raises awareness of the rapid escalation of lung disease in the United States.
Indoor air pollutants are as harmful as pollutants found outdoors. Some common lung irritants found in the home include lead, formaldehyde, radon, cleaning agent vapors and fire-retardants. Natural pollutants and allergens easily make their way into the home, including pet dander, dust mites and mold. So, how can the general public, and especially those with lung disease, avoid these pollutants and allergens? Create a lung-friendly home.
- Stay Clean: Buy a vacuum with a HEPA filter to reduce lead, chemical build-up and allergens such as pet dander in the home. After vacuuming, try mopping with a microfiber mop to soak up any leftover particles.
- Stay Green: Fill your place with plants! Indoor plants help purify the air, removing such toxins as formaldehyde, benzene, toluene and xylene. Spider plants and aloe vera are good choices for the home.
- Stay Natural: Fragrances in cleaning products, laundry detergents and air fresheners can all damage the lungs, so opt for fragrance-free when possible.
- Test for Radon: Make sure your home has a radon detector. This colorless, odorless gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States.
We hope these tips for a lung-friendly home are helpful. Stay tuned each week in October as the medical staff at the Lung Institute offers free pulmonary health advice to the public on a healthy diet, exercises to maximize lung health and more.
About Lung Institute
The Lung Institute is a leading medical provider of regenerative cellular therapy for lung diseases such as COPD, pulmonary fibrosis and interstitial lung disease. Founded in 2013 in Tampa, Fla., the Lung Institute currently has clinics in Tampa, Fla., Nashville, Tenn., Scottsdale, Ariz., Pittsburgh, Pa. and Dallas, Texas. For more information, please visit www.lunginstitute.com or call (800) 729-3065.