Reflections of COPD/Asthma – #4 of Keys to Breathing Risks – Other Factors

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As a writer, I find it important to share what I learn with others so that they also may gain knowledge needed to have more secure footing when they battle their own illness or chronic disease.

Taking my responsibility for learning as much as I can about my own COPD/Asthma is something I choose to do so to make myself more aware of what is happening now, what may happen at any moment and what may lay ahead as I travel my path of life with the companionship of COPD/Asthma.

Today we talk about part four of our four-part series titled ‘Keys to Breathing Risks’ – with part four being a short discussion about ‘other factors’.

While many of us who already have COPD/Asthma are familiar with these keys, there is always the need to remind ourselves and other of them, and this is especially true if you know someone besides yourself who may be a risk of being diagnosed with COPD/Asthma.

The final segment of our discussion regarding ‘Keys to Breathing Risks’, we get into the other factors, you know – the ones maybe we don’t look at as being a cause of our breathing problems, but could be a cause.

For this piece, we will talk about two ‘other factors’ in particular – diet and rest or sleep.

Have you ever considered your time of rest or sleep as either a problem for your breathing or at least an irritant that does not help a breathing problem that maybe happening now?

What many people do not realize is that in sleeping your breathing can be irritated by a variety of things such as humidity, air quality, dust mites and the pillows, sheets and blankets surrounding your dream time.

If you find yourself having difficulty with your breathing or maybe sinuses after resting or sleeping, then it could be you need to check your pillows, sheets, blankets and bed itself for any irritants.  Could you be allergic to something in these items, or maybe you just need to adjust the humidity and air quality of the room itself.

We also know that getting enough sleep can be beneficial, no matter what your illness may be and many of those who have been diagnosed with COPD and/or Asthma also have problems with sleep apnea, which as a diagnosis alone can affect not just your breathing, but also your heart.  So, if you have major problems with sleep and have not been diagnosed with sleep apnea, maybe you should for your health and life itself – get it checked.

Another ‘other factor’ in the keys to breathing risks can be found in your diet.

Many folks who do not have problems with certain foods, do not know or want to understand that sometimes over time, our bodies change and some things we may have been able to eat in the past, may now cause an enormous feeling of uncomfortable now.

And vice-versa, sometimes over time some foods we had problems in the past, can become edible now – though this is rarer than the developing of a reaction to some foods.

When you are battling your breathing problems of COPD and/or Asthma, you must take responsibility and be aware of the foods you eat and what they can and can’t do in keeping you healthy.

Having a chronic illness, how we eat becomes much more important and that is where learning which foods are best for helping with the lungs is an absolute must.

As we finish out this brief, four-part, discussion of the ‘keys to breathing risks’, we emphasize the importance of two more personal responsibilities that those with chronic illnesses need to take care of – checking your sleep habits and patterns, and watching one’s diet.

REFLECTION QUESTION – – Beyond smoking and normal pollutants around your daily life, what more personal things do you have in your lifestyle that may be causing a problem or irritation with your breathing?

As always, CrossDove Writer reminds you that 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 it checked out.

ALWAYS REMEMBER > A person without good breathing, is a person without a good life’, so let’s do what we can, to learn what we can, to improve what we can.

NOTE TO REMEMBER: We only give descriptions and highlights of various aspects of having COPD and/or asthma and no way do we ever want our information to be considered medical treatment type of information, always consult your physician for more, clearer and more medical founded information.

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

(Copyright@2017, CrossDove Writer)

To follow more postings written by Mr. William, feel free to check out either wheezingaway.com or on Facebook at COPD Travels.

(Information gathered from various news/health websites, COPD Foundation’s “Big Fat Reference Guide on Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease” and the book “Live Your Life with COPD”)

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Words of COPD/Asthma – ‘Irritants’

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When you have a disability or chronic illness, one of the most important things you can do is to learn as much as you can about it.  The more you know, the easier it should be to get a handle on those days when you feel like it is a constant battle and you are not sure you are winning.

Knowing the language or words that go with COPD/Asthma is a great way to start or to continue to refresh a person’s knowledge of the ins and outs of the lifelong health companion which we are dealing with.

With that, we discuss some of what we call ‘must know words’ of life with COPD/Asthma – and today we will discuss briefly the importance of knowing our ‘Irritants’.

‘Irritants’ are those substances which can and will cause irritation to the airways of those with COPD/Asthma, as those of us with either of these diseases know.

When ‘Irritants’ begin to agitate the air-ways, they will cause swelling and force an increase in a persons mucous production, which in turn can cause responses such as coughing, sneezing and wheezing.

While each person will have their own list of ‘Irritants’ that may cause triggers of major breathing problems, those ‘Irritants’ deemed some of the worst and consistent in most cases of COPD/Asthma would be smoke, smog, aerosol sprays, perfume/colognes and fumes from transportation vehicles, factories and even heavy duty kitchens.

In your own individual battles with COPD and/or Asthma, be sure to know, learn and understand those ‘Irritants’ which cause your major or minor battles to happen.  When you learn to identify those trigger ‘Irritants’, you can then work at shutting down the irritation through knowledge and possible not just through medications.

So be sure to explore, educate and remember the ins and outs of those ‘Irritants’ which you find cause your COPD and/or Asthma the most irritation and breathing flare-ups.

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 it checked out.

NOTE TO REMEMBER: We only give descriptions and highlights of various aspects of having COPD and/or asthma and no way do we ever want our information to be considered medical treatment type of information, always consult your physician for more, clearer and more medical founded information.

Remember – ‘a person without good breathing, is a person without a good life’, so let’s do what we can, to learn what we can, to improve what we can.

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

(Copyright@2017, CrossDove Writer, reprinting or reuse of this article is restricted without written permission.)

Know that you can follow all the writings by CrossDove Writer pertaining to COPD/Asthma by following at wheezingaway.com or on Facebook at COPD Travels.

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(Information gathered from various books and internet sources discussing COPD, Asthma and other lung diseases)

Lenny’ and Me 4 Today – It’s a Diet Problem…..

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‘Lenny’ is my constant companion the doctors call COPD/Asthma.  Naming my constant health companion seems to make life easier for me in relating to my disease as it gives it a bit of a personality.  Besides treating ‘Lenny’ as a companion, come good days or bad, is much better than always dealing with it as an enemy.

This ‘Lenny and Me for Today’ is an occasional write about the adventures and handling of life together of ‘Lenny’ and me.

Let’s see where ‘Lenny’ and Me have been most recently – It’s a Diet Problem!!

At first, I was going to call this write – ‘Hey Dummy, It’s the Diet’ – but I realized that was just a bit over the top and maybe leaned a bit too negative, so instead ‘It’s a Diet Problem’ was the final choice.

Recently I have had several postings with shares about how my stamina and ‘Lenny’ was going to be tested over a two-to-three-week period due to end of the school year grandkid stuff, graduations and of course a daughter and family moving out-of-state.  Needless to say, my stamina has been given a real run for the money and ‘Lenny’ has on a few occasions begun to raise its aggravating irritations and nearly put me into a full-scale SoB (Short-of-Breath) emergency.

But we have worked through it all for the most part and tonight we have been prepping to head out in the morning with my daughter, son-in-law, his mother and four grandkids on a one-way trip for all of them except the mother and me for their new out-of-state adventure.

With all the festivities of grandkid music performances, DARE graduations, eighth-grade recognition, high school graduation and prepping for the move the time for regular meals has kind of gone out the front door – in other words to many pizza, hamburger or hot dog type of eating and not enough regular chicken with vegetables meals, let alone much of any fruits.

And anyone with COPD and/or severe asthma would know, your diet can and will make a difference in the battles with a chronic illness.

Have I noticed, yes very much so, especially in the most recent few days even though I could blame some of my lack of stamina when walking any short distance or trying to do much of any physical work on the weather, which has been warming up with higher humidity and plenty of changes in clear days and stormy days.

My eating routine is out of sync and I have noticed, a lot.  When I get short of breath just by running a couple of errands, I know immediately that I must consider doing something different or more accurately, fix the problem.

In checking in on the household scale, I was much agitated by the weight for which it was sharing with me, yet I knew that in the past 10-days I was eating too many potatoes, too much pasta and too much bread or dough products – the three food items that my favorite physician keeps reminding me should be very limited w removed from the listing of my eats or diet.

So, while I know that the next three days will be tough due to the travels to and from moving my daughter and family, I know that my diet needs to get back to eating many more veges, non-red meat, salads and soups, plus more water drinking and absolutely no soda!!  Instead of potatoes, I must remember to feed ‘Lenny’ cauliflower tots or rice, while cutting back to maybe a piece of toast with an egg in the morning and not another bite of bread product the rest of the day.

Can I do it, of course because I have done it before – but for me, while gaining weight can and will be a factor in having ‘Lenny’ getting agitated, I also know that I eat when I am feeling stressed or trying to work through some moments of the blues.  So, my goal today is to spend my traveling time the next few days on sorting through the past two weeks and disassembling my emotions, while working on a game plan for the return home without my rocks (my daughter, son-in-law and four grandkids) that have been there ever since my heart attack and diagnosis of a disability called late stage III COPD.

I have already taken that first step by understanding that much of my current run of ‘Lenny’ irritations and short bouts of SoB has been caused by not watching my diet and upgrading (if you really can call it that) my weight.  Now the question is, can I tackle and solve the ‘diet problem’.

And that my friends, is where ‘Lenny’ (my COPD/Asthma) and me are at 4 today.

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 it checked out.

Remember – ‘a person without good breathing, is a person without a good life’, so let’s do what we can, to learn what we can, to improve what we can.

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

(Copyright@2017, CrossDove Writer through wheezingaway.com – no part of this write may be used or copied without written permission.)

NOTES: Sometimes we share what may seem like medical information, but we are only giving descriptions and highlights of various aspects of having COPD and/or Asthma and no way do we ever want our information to be considered medical treatment type of information, always consult your physician for more, clearer medical founded information.

Reflections of COPD/Asthma – #3 of Keys to Breathing Risks – Pollutants

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As a writer, I find it important to share what I learn with others so that they also may gain knowledge needed to have more secure footing when they battle their own illness or chronic disease.

Taking my responsibility for learning as much as I can about my own COPD/Asthma is something I choose to do so to make myself more aware of what is happening now, what may happen at any moment and what may lay ahead as I travel my path of life with the companionship of COPD/Asthma.

Today we talk about part three of our four-part series titled ‘Keys to Breathing Risks’ – with part three being a short discussion about pollutants.

While many of us who already have COPD/Asthma are familiar with these keys, there is always the need to remind ourselves and other of them, and this is especially true if you know someone besides yourself who may be a risk of being diagnosed with COPD/Asthma.

POLLUTANTS!!

Pollutants alone could be discussed over several postings, but here we hit the basics and touch on the variety and styles of common pollutants that can and will upset those lungs that are already battling COPD and/or severe Asthma.

Yes, pollutants are everywhere if you really think about it, with those that will affect the lungs the most coming from factories, transportation and the gasses and mists from various cleaning chemicals.

Since those pollutants from factories and transportation are somewhat obvious, let us consider the pollutants that maybe are not so obvious or considered.

Items like the fumes from oil fryers, especially the large ones you find in the food service industry.  Even with proper ventilation, the fumes from these when they are being used will spill out into the open air.

And it’s not just when you are using the fryers that fumes are a potential hazard, consider when you are cleaning them with chemicals.  In order to clean them properly they still have to be warm to hot and when those cleaning chemicals hit the fryer, just think of the steam/smoke they through out into the air.

How about the pollutants than can be found right underneath your nose, in your home.  Over a long period of time, many of those cleaning chemicals, personal items and more can be found to be very harmful to a set of lungs, especially if you already are having problems.

Household pollutants will obviously include many of the cleaning chemicals a person may be using, but have you considered those fabric softners used with laundry or how about air freshners used to upgrade the aroma in your home?

What about the personal products you may be using for yourself such as shampoos, hairsprays, deodorant sprays and yes, those ‘what you thought smelled good’ perfumes and colognes.

While not everyone will react the same way too many of these items, over a long period of time – many of these items can and will be found to irritate the lungs and even the eyes.

If you are raising teen-age daughters or sons, they may need to be educated in the can and can’t do’s of wearing perfumes and/or colognes for the sake of others and their breathing.

PERSONAL NOTE: This writer has a lifelong history of severe asthma, many times kicked in by a person’s perfume and/or cologne, the aroma of a fabric softner or the aerosol from a can of deodorant.  This writer sits in the back, at the end of most events for a reason – in case we have a reaction to somebody sitting nearby.  Most recently my wife has finally accepted a change in fabric softner, because the one we have been using for years is now irritating my lungs like never before.

If you, or someone you know has allergies or asthma – then you need to maybe consider making the sacrifice of changing items used around the house and for your own personal grooming in order for the person or yourself can live with less reactions and live with better breathing.

One thing about COPD and/or Asthma – while many may react similarly, everyone reacts in their own pattern to each and every possible pollutant.  Sometimes you may have to just test and adjust something like fabric softners, before finding one that does not cause further harm to a precious set of lungs that may live among you.

So beware of not only the obvious pollutants around us such as factories and transportation, but also those sitting right in front of you at the restaurant you either eat or work at and most importantly, right amongst your world at home.  And most important – be willing to make the changes necessary.

REFLEDTION QUESTION – – What are the most influential pollutants that you have found that may or do cause a slight or major irritation to your importance of breathing?

As always, CrossDove Writer reminds you that 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 it checked out.

ALWAYS REMEMBER > A person without good breathing, is a person without a good life’, so let’s do what we can, to learn what we can, to improve what we can.

NOTE TO REMEMBER: We only give descriptions and highlights of various aspects of having COPD and/or asthma and no way do we ever want our information to be considered medical treatment type of information, always consult your physician for more, clearer and more medical founded information.

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

(Copyright@2017, CrossDove Writer)

To follow more postings written by Mr. William, feel free to check out either wheezingaway.com or on Facebook at COPD Travels.

(Information gathered from various news/health websites, COPD Foundation’s “Big Fat Reference Guide on Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease” and the book “Live Your Life with COPD”)

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Living-4-Today – – It Takes Time

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Sharing with others daily words, thoughts and meditations that bring myself hope and renewal during my own daily battles and frustrations with COPD/Asthma.  Sharing, because as we all know – without that horizon of hope, our daily renewal of faith and fight can dim in a hurry.

Take, read, meditate and hopefully find some of the same hope in your daily battles with a chronic illness and/or disability as I have within mine….

The Word – “Neither a space station nor an enlightened mind can be realized in a day.” – Dalai Lama

The Thought – No matter how hard we try, so many people seem to never have the patience to wait out time for something to happen, no matter what they may be waiting for.

Our word for today reminds us that most everything we do or want – it rarely happens quickly or in the moment we realize how much we want it or need to do it.

Relationships rarely solidify in the first moment, day, week, month or maybe even a year.  Relationships need to be worked on, constructed, processed – so to it is with our battles with any chronic illness and/or disability.

With, the possible exception of an accident, just how many of us became ill or disabled in a moment or even just a day, most likely not very many.

Just as it took our illness or disability to progress to the point it is at today, so too our battles will continue until that day which they eventually may wear our human forms out.

No matter how hard we try, we will very seldom get much accomplished in the moment or the day for that is just not how life works.

When we take our daily time to close out the world around us and find quiet time for meditations and talks with the ‘Great Spirit’, that is when we realize just how life itself moves at its own pace and while we may be able to tweak it just a little bit – it will always play out in the way the human form and the cosmos are working for that situation.

All the more reason to dwell in your quiet time of meditation and work at thanking the ‘Great Spirit’ for what has been laid out to surround us in our travels of life, while also listening closely for the latest notes of guidance and wisdom so that movements of hope, faith, love and grace can be the foundation to build our next travels in life.

As with all that the ‘Great Spirits’ have surrounded us with, all of which took much longer than we may want to admit to be molded, so to must we always remember that nothing can be realized just in the moment and our battles will as well – continue to be and all we can do is accept them and work at doing what we humanly can do to help limit them in the future.

The Meditation/Prayer –  We come to you, ‘Great Spirit’, and lay the guilt of impatience at your feet knowing that you have displayed great patience in molding the world of earth around us for these travels we call life.  May we always remember to give great gratitude for that patience and thanks for the patience in putting up with us as we seemingly want things to happen or not happen now, in the moment while knowing they will not.  ‘Great Spirit’ we always continue to seek the guidance and wisdom to continue our building of the fundamentals of life and happiness, for we know that hope, faith, love and grace do not happen in the moment but over a period of time.

And we all say Hallelujah, Amen.

(Copyright@2017, CrossDove Writer – This writing may not be reused in any manner without written permission.)

(More ‘Living 4 Today’ writings can be found at either wheezingaway.com or on Facebook at COPD Travels.)

Notes to Know About COPD/4Asthma – Impact of Diagnostic Error in COPD/Asthma

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It is always important to know what is going on in the world of COPD/Asthma, hence a weekly (at the minimum) posting of ‘Notes to Know about COPD/Asthma’ – because those of us battling the issue should always be up to date on what is going on, and that includes both the positives and the negatives of the COPD/Asthma life.

Today we share a study done by the University of Illinois at Chicago regarding the use of spirometry testing in a diagnosis of COPD and/or Asthma.

Special Note – I went for many years without having a spirometry test being done, despite having continued problems with severe asthma and breathing attacks.  On a personal note, I have no doubt in my mind that this is one reason I am in the battle I am in with my breathing and COPD/Asthma, because I was not tested in earlier years and had my treatments adjusted to the whatever the results would have been.

This article seems to emphasize the importance of having regular spirometry tests.

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‘Researchers Study Diagnostic Error in Asthma, COPD’

Article written in October of 2016 by the University of Illinois at Chicago

Summary:

A $1.5 million grant has been awarded to a research team to study the impact of diagnostic error on outcomes for pulmonary patients and the use of lung-function testing in primary care. Studies suggest 30 to 50 percent of patients may have an incorrect diagnosis.

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have been awarded a $1.5 million grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to study the impact of diagnostic error on outcomes for pulmonary patients and the use of lung-function testing in primary care.

More than 30 million adults in the U.S. have been diagnosed with asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis, and many receive daily treatment. However, studies suggest 30 to 50 percent of these patients may have an incorrect diagnosis.

Spirometry is the nationally and internationally recommended test for diagnosing asthma and COPD.

“Despite the clinical guidelines supporting the use of spirometry to identify asthma and COPD, many patients do not receive the test prior to receiving a diagnosis,” says Dr. Min Joo, principal investigator on the grant and associate professor of medicine in the UIC College of Medicine.

Spirometry tests lung function by measuring how much and how fast a patient can move air out of the lungs. The patients takes a big breath and exhales as hard and long as possible into a machine.

Joo says that without a spirometry test, patients are at risk for worse sickness and even death, as well as unnecessary medical costs that disproportionately affect African Americans and underserved minority populations.

“A shocking number of patients are misdiagnosed and face a two-fold danger,” she said.

“First, they are taking medication for a condition they may not have, creating unnecessary exposure to the side effects and complications of those medications, such as pneumonia from using inhaled corticosteroids. Second, their real conditions are left unidentified and untreated. This may be particularly true for minority and underserved populations who are known to have multi-morbidities and therefore have a number of potential causes for shortness of breath and other breathing-related issues,” Joo said.

One study found that up to 65 percent of COPD patients seen in a federally qualified health center turned out not to have COPD when spirometry was later performed.

“In the past, attempts to increase the use of spirometry in a primary care setting have had limited long term success, and a new approach is needed to reduce diagnostic error and better understand its impact on patient safety and outcomes,” Joo said. “Our study will test an approach that relies on trained community health workers to facilitate the test, educate patients, and work with primary care physicians.”

The Reducing Diagnostic Error to Improve Patient Safety in COPD and Asthma (REDEFINE) study is a three-year clinical trial that will enroll 60 primary care providers and 400 adults who have a diagnosis of asthma and/or COPD but have not had spirometry testing.

One group will receive spirometry testing and be provided with recommended patient education from trained community health workers around the time of their primary care visit. Participants in a control group will receive usual care and education from community health workers, but will not undergo spirometry testing.

Both groups will be followed for one year, at which time the control group will have a spirometry test to confirm their initial diagnosis.

To evaluate the effectiveness of the REDEFINE program, researchers will collect data on the prevalence of diagnostic error, the efficiency of the REDEFINE program’s intervention on patient-centered outcomes, and the cost of the program.

“We will look at the key indicators of misdiagnosis and poor outcomes for asthma and COPD,” Joo said. “Specifically, we want to track use of respiratory medication, acute visits to primary care physicians, emergency department visits and hospitalizations. We hope to see these numbers reduced for patients who receive our intervention.”

Joo hopes her study will illustrate the importance of spirometry testing and help primary care physicians find how best to use spirometry testing for all patients who have breathing issues.

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Materials provided by University of Illinois at Chicago. Note: Content may be edited for style and length.

University of Illinois at Chicago. “Researchers study diagnostic error in asthma, COPD.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 13 October 2016. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/10/161013141231.htm>.

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‘Notes to Know about COPD/Asthma’ will continue to feature writings from medical folks and caretakers who share insights into the world of what may be going on in the world of COPD/Asthma.  ‘Notes to Know about COPD/Asthma’ can be found at either wheezingaway.com or within the Facebook page, COPD Travels.

Remember – ‘a person without good breathing, is a person without a good life’, so let’s do what we can, to learn what we can, to improve what we can.

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

(Copyright@2017, CrossDove Writer through wheezingaway.com – no part of this write may be used or copied without written permission.)

NOTES: Sometimes we share what may seem like medical information, but we are only giving descriptions and highlights of various aspects of having COPD and/or asthma and no way do we ever want our information to be considered medical treatment type of information, always consult your physician for more, clearer and more

Words of COPD/Asthma – ‘HEPA Filters’

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When you have a disability or chronic illness, one of the most important things you can do is to learn as much as you can about it.  The more you know, the easier it should be to get a handle on those days when you feel like it is a constant battle and you are not sure you are winning.

Knowing the language or words that go with COPD/Asthma is a great way to start or to continue to refresh a person’s knowledge of the ins and outs of the lifelong health companion which we are dealing with.

With that, we discuss some of what we call ‘must know words’ of life with COPD/Asthma – and today we will discuss briefly the importance of cleaner air by using ‘HEPA Filters’.

‘HEPA’ stands for ‘high-efficiency particulate air’ or a specially designed filter that removes nearly all tiny particles from the air.

While air filters for home heating/air conditioning systems are always necessary, those folks with chronic illnesses and/or disabilities (especially when they include asthma, severe allergies, COPD, and other lung/sinus difficulties) should always be using specific ‘HEPA’ filters because of their outstanding ability to trap smaller, tiny airborne particles that could otherwise irritate the lungs and/or sinuses.

HEPA-Filters--004 A ‘HEPA filter’ is designed to trap even minute pollen, dog/cat dander and dust-mite feces type particles.  These filters can be found and used in home heating/air conditioning systems, vacuum cleaners, air cleaners and even some wood shop equipment.

When using ‘HEPA Filters’, and it is recommended, you should be sure to schedule monthly checks and change them as often as necessary to keep the air environment around you as clean and ‘trigger’ free as possible.

In your own individual battle with COPD and/or Asthma, be sure to learn and understand the words of the language of the chronic illnesses for knowing the words/language is so helpful with knowing what is going on within those individual battles – and today that word of importance is ‘HEPA’ FILTERS.

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 it checked out.

NOTE TO REMEMBER: We only give descriptions and highlights of various aspects of having COPD and/or asthma and no way do we ever want our information to be considered medical treatment type of information, always consult your physician for more, clearer and more medical founded information.

Remember – ‘a person without good breathing, is a person without a good life’, so let’s do what we can, to learn what we can, to improve what we can.

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

(Copyright@2017, CrossDove Writer, reprinting or reuse of this article is restricted without written permission.)

Know that you can follow all the writings by CrossDove Writer pertaining to COPD/Asthma by following at wheezingaway.com or on Facebook at COPD Travels.

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(Information gathered from various books and internet sources discussing COPD, Asthma and other lung diseases)