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The Gulf Coast is known for more than just sunshine and beaches…
Although the scenic beaches of the Gulf Coast are considered some of the most sought after land in the country, for those with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), the attractive conditions of warmth and clean air can often hide the critical hazards of life in the region. Despite the picturesque views and tranquil settings, from June 1st to November 30th hurricane season can devastate the landscape making it a difficult setting for all inhabits– particularly those with respiratory illness.
With your health in mind, the Lung Institute is here to brief you on challenges of life within the region and a few things to avoid in the journey to a better quality of life.
Severe Storms (Hurricanes and Tornadoes)
If you’re an inhabitant of the Gulf Coast, you’re familiar with hurricane season–a five month stretch of time in which weather along the gulf can become both severe and relentless. The obvious danger is the immediate threat to both shelter and safety. In times of harsh weather, preparation is critical, and for those regularly fatigued by the respiratory issues, the necessary steps of preparing generators, boarding up windows, and trimming trees along the property can be overwhelming. During hurricane season, it’s not uncommon for tornadoes to be spawned throughout the storm. As history has taught us before with Hurricane Katrina, a single storm can have a life-shattering effect on communities along the coast.
Limited Mobility (Frequent flooding)
Aside from the danger of the storms themselves, the resulting flooding can have significant issues for those with limited mobility. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, flood levels rose as high as 30 feet, an insurmountable height in a world where even 6 inches of flowing water can knock you off your feet. Although New Orleans low elevation was the primary cause for such high flood levels, the gulf coast is known for its frequent flooding during storm seasons, with flood emergencies remaining a common occurrence. For those suffering from lung disease whose mobility is limited by fatigue or the use of supplemental oxygen tanks, even a small flood can be a debilitating event.
Mold and Pollen (Heavy rain)
Often unseen within the dampness of our homes after a big storm are the growing patches of dark fuzz springing from our ceilings, corners and crevices. Mold thrives in damp and warm conditions, and it is a particular problem for those residing in wet climates. Known for its aggravation of respiratory conditions, mold can develop in the lungs themselves for those experiencing chronic lung illnesses. Along with mold generation, pollen can also manifest from heavy rainfall, sparking allergy symptoms and exacerbations in those with respiratory illness.
Although life with lung disease in the Gulf Coast can present its own unique challenges, new discoveries are being made every day in the field of stem cell research. As the scientific community continues to put their best minds to the task of solving the problems and complications of the human body, the Lung Institute will continue to bring these advancements to the public with the hope of bettering quality of life for those who need it most.
If you’re looking to make a profound change in your life or the life of someone you love, the time is now. If you or a loved one suffers from COPD, or another lung disease, the Lung Institute may be able to help with a variety of stem cell treatment options. Contact us at (800) 729-3065 today to find out if you qualify for stem cell therapy.
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