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.

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