Lung Health

Lungs – Know Your Lungs

Lungs enable us to breath, keeping us alive. Lung diseases have the capacity to cause laboured breathing, keeping us sick. Collapsed lung have the capacity to cause even death.

Despite the fewer odds of survival from lung cancer, after some treatment, some people manage to have healthy and normal lives again.

As far as effective cure is concerned, those suffering from COPD, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, are yet to see some light at the end of the tunnel. Medical advancement has yet to reach a stage where chronic bronchitis and emphysema find a cure. But, yes, it is possible to diagnose chronic bronchitis and emphysema and today there are treatments to relieve those suffering from chronic bronchitis and emphysema.

Bronchodilators have proven to give temporary relief to those suffering from COPD. Corticosteriods take longer to give relief, but the relief also stays longer. Those suffering from asthma are also treated on similar lines.

Tuberculosis is caused by bacteria. This bacterium has already been identified. Diagnosis is by way of a mere skin test. Cure for tuberculosis has also been discovered and is being administered successfully for several years now. So those who suffer tuberculosis need not fear now.

Various lifestyle changes can ensure healthy lungs.

Those who smoke need to quit smoking. Smoking is a high risk factor for causing lung problems. Smokers on just a pack of cigarettes a day are ten times more susceptible to suffer diseases of the lung. Smoking deteriorates the body’s immune system rendering it inefficient to tackle lung diseases. Those who smoke need to understand that they also affect those around them.

Antioxidant rich diet will enable the tissues in the lung to tackle the irritants in the lung, so it is advisable to eat foods that are rich in antioxidants.

The emphasis on exercises cannot be less emphasised for the overall health benefits it provides including the lungs. While exercising, lungs take in more oxygen. More oxygen provides more energy and vitality to the lungs and more oxygen also cleanses the lungs.

The air that we breathe also affect the health of our lungs. So it is important to mainta hygienic atmosphere – dust free and germ free.

Know your lungs, know the lung diseases and know the lung disease treatments. Know the precautionary measures and follow them.