Reflections--COPD  As you know we like to discuss the more important things about COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) so that we may be constantly keeping the issues of the what, where, why, when and how’s of the disease in front of the general public, medical folks, those fighting it and the family/caretakers taking that path with them.

Today we discuss another of the ‘Keys to Breathing Risks’ which can lead to needing to battle COPD.

And while many of us who already have COPD are familiar with these keys, there is always the need to remind ourselves and others of them – especially if you know someone besides yourself who may be at risk for being diagnosed with COPD.

Pollutants.  Pollutants alone can be discussed over several postings, but here we will hit the basics and touch on the variety and styles of so called pollutants.

Yes pollutants which can affect your lungs and breathing range from pollution from factories, fumes from nearly any kind of transportation and the gasses and mists from various cleaning chemicals.

But do you consider the fumes from fryers (especially if you work in food service), plus the steam from the cleaning chemicals when cleaning those fryers and grills.

How about the household pollutants which can over long term can put a hurt on the lungs and breathing.  Household pollutants would include hairsprays, deodorant sprays, perfumes/colognes, many cleaning products as well as those you may not think about like air freshners for the clothes dryer and home.

If you have someone with allergies or asthma, you need to be aware of the many household items that can trigger breathing problems.

One thing about COPD and its related illnesses like asthma – everyone reacts differently to different pollutants.

I for one have for years suffered breathing problems from perfumes and hair sprays which made having teen-age daughters a real challenge.

So beware of the issues that challenge you and those who may be around you, and be willing to make the necessary changes for the better health of all.

Remember – without breathing a person is without life itself.

As always – if you or anyone you know have any symptoms involving lung and breathing functionality, and they linger over and over while disrupting a lifestyle – then please ask questions and get checked out.

With that I bid to all – smiles, prayers, blessings and steady breathing – Mr. William.

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