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The Risks of COPD in the Gulf Coast

25 Jan 2016
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The Risks of COPD in the Gulf Coast

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)

The Risks of COPD in the Gulf Coast

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)

The Risks of COPD in the Gulf Coast

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)

The Risks of COPD in the Gulf Coast

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.

Have any thoughts on life in the Gulf Coast? We want to hear from you. Share your thoughts and comments on The Risks of COPD in the Gulf Coast below.


  1. PB

    8 months ago

    Hi Wayne,

    Thanks for sharing. We’re glad that you have been able to quit smoking.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  2. Wayne McClung

    8 months ago

    I know how very hard it is to stop smoking! Took me several tries but I tried vamping and started out with a low nicotine dose and over a months time I cut the nicotine slowly until I reached (0)!
    Now it’s been over two years and I feel like I’ve never smoked! I never think about smoking anymore. Please give a try. I’ve encouraged several others and it has worked for them

  3. Cameron Kennerly

    9 months ago

    Hello Pam,

    Your personal story really breaks our hearts and we appreciate you for sharing it. Although smoking can be one of the hardest things to quit, we can’t stress enough how necessary it is for better respiratory health and well-being. In undertaking any large task we advise just breaking it down into small pieces, for instance: “I’m not going to smoke a cigarette today. All I’ve got to do is make it through today.” Keep that conviction, cross off a day and will yourself to do the same thing tomorrow. We know it’s difficult but your body will thank you in the long run, you just have to take it one step at a time.

    We hope this helps Pam and keep us updated on your progress,

    -The Lung Institute

  4. Pam

    9 months ago

    I used to live in Navarre FL. While there I got double bronchial pneumonia which I walked around with for about 6 weeks before it was diagnosed. Afterward, I developed asthma which I was given some kind of medicine that was a cold nedication and began with a “D”. Two years later we moved to CT where a doctor there was the one that told me I had asthma and treated it properly unlike the doctor in FL. About 5 years later we moved to SC where after a week or so I developed a severe case of bronchitis. A short time after that was undercontrol I developed what a doctor diagnosed as pulmonary something. I had a severe pain in my back. About a year or so ago I was diagnosed by having that oxygen test where they put a needle in my wrist. It appears my oxygen level is in the 90’s during the day and decreases to the 70’s at night. I am one asthma med and med for COPD. I have oxygen I use at night. I do smoke, unfortunately and have tried at least 12 times to quit but nothing works. My husband smokes which makes it difficult for me to quit. I want to quit but have a hard time doing so. I am also a chronic lain patient / fibromyalgia and DDD, and arthritis everywhere. I have herniated discs and have had a hip replacement. I am sure I am forgetting other things. Fact of the matter is, I am not really sure what I really have or do I have them all. I need strong meds to stop my pain and something strong to stop smoking. I have tried everything but not more than one med at a time to quit. I am not really sure what I have or do I have it all? Please help!!!!

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