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Tips for Reducing Indoor Air Pollution

Did you know that most Americans spend an average of 90% of their time indoors?1  This percentage may be even higher if you have a chronic illness like COPD. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports that indoor air pollutants such as radon, secondhand smoke, combustion pollutants, volatile organic compounds and mold may increase […]

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The Trouble with Mouth Breathing and Treatment Options
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Wondering why mouth breathing matters, how it affects you and how to stop mouth breathing? If you are a mouth breather, you probably have all of these questions and more. Read on to learn why being a mouth breather can have a surprising impact on your health. Nose Breathing vs. Mouth Breathing You might not […]

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Acute vs. Chronic Bronchitis: Understanding the Differences
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Bronchitis is a respiratory illness that causes inflammation of the tubes that carry air to the lungs—also known as the airways or bronchial tubes. When the airways become irritated, swollen and inflamed, less air is able to travel to and from the lungs and mucus begins to form in them. This generally causes an irritating […]

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Foods that May Worsen Respiratory Symptoms
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Increased shortness of breath – wheezing – cough. Yikes! We know that there are foods that are good for your lungs, but are there really foods that can cause your respiratory symptoms to worsen? Scientists say that, at least for some people, there are. Read on to discover the foods that cause shortness of breath […]

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Oxygen Saturation: Normal Oxygen Level & Shortness of Breath

One of the most frequently asked questions about lung disease is also one of the most baffling: Why do people with COPD experience shortness of breath despite a normal oxygen level reading? What is normal oxygen saturation? In most cases, we see low oxygen saturation and high heart rate in COPD patients, so why would […]

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What is an Upper Respiratory Infection?

The upper respiratory infection (or URI infection) is one of the most common reasons people visit the doctor every year. Most of us will get one each year, most frequently occurring in the fall and winter. The upper respiratory tract infection is a fact of life for many of us in the colder months, and […]

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Face Mask Safety for People on Home Oxygen

If you have a breathing difficulty that requires supplemental home oxygen therapy, you are likely facing new challenges because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and the associated changes in our daily lives. With the constant changes in stay-at-home orders, social distancing requirements and face covering guidelines, it can be difficult to figure out what the […]

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What Stages of COPD Require Medical Oxygen?

Because the key symptom for most patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is shortness of breath, oxygen is often used as a successful treatment. However, it is not always clear to newly diagnosed patients whether medical oxygen treatment will be required or at which COPD stage oxygen therapy is likely to be prescribed. Read […]

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