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If you are living with chronic lung disease, you probably want to learn everything you can about treating your symptoms. Chronic lung disease has no cure, so it is important to learn how to manage your disease to slow the progression of your symptoms. Shortness of breath and other breathing difficulties can get in the way of your life, so continue living as normally as possible by finding multiple ways to improve your health and ease your symptoms to help you breathe easier.
Most chronic lung disease results from exposure to toxic lung irritants. As such, avoiding further exposure to any irritants helps prevent exacerbating your symptoms. Tobacco smoke is the leading cause of most chronic lung diseases; therefore, the first step is to quit smoking if you are a smoker, and to avoid secondhand smoke at all costs. However, tobacco smoke is not the only lung irritant you come into contact with. You may have little control over the air quality outdoors, but there is quite a bit you can do indoors. Here is how to improve the quality of your indoor air to avoid making your breathing problems more severe.
A critical part of keeping your lungs healthy is ensuring that you manage your overall health, too. Staying healthy requires maintaining a healthy weight and keeping your muscles active to fight muscle weakness, fatigue and worsening breathing difficulties. Here are some ways to keep your body and lungs active so that you feel better overall.
It is important to take care of your mental and emotional state along with your physical health. Many people with chronic lung disease experience regular anxiety, depression or stress that stems from difficulty breathing and the progression of their disease. Unfortunately, that stress and anxiety can cause flare-ups or dips in your immune system, creating an unfortunate cycle. While staying active can help your mental state significantly, it is also helpful to look into treatments specifically designed to help you cope with your disease. Consider the following:
However you choose to support your own mental health, you will benefit your overall health and for your long-term quality of life. You may even help prevent exacerbations, too.
While vitamins and supplements will not cure chronic lung disease, they may help manage your symptoms. Talk to your doctor before beginning any new supplements or medications—even when they are over the counter—as they may interact with other medications you take. If your doctor approves them, the following supplements could be beneficial for your breathing and your overall health.
While natural treatments can be an important part of helping you manage your chronic lung disease, it is important to follow your doctor’s treatment instructions. As your symptoms and disease progress, you will likely be prescribed more traditional treatments and medications, including oxygen therapy.
Improving your oxygen intake has a myriad of benefits, helping you to sleep better, retain more energy throughout the day, tolerate exercise better and generally participate in your daily activities. Supplemental oxygen can treat your shortness of breath, helping you get the oxygen you need to feel good and function properly. A portable oxygen concentrator, like those available from Inogen, make oxygen therapy even easier, allowing you to bring your oxygen treatments with you wherever you go. Inogen’s small, lightweight portable oxygen concentrators are made to improve the quality of your life, giving you the oxygen you need anytime, anywhere. Talk to your doctor about how pairing natural treatments with traditional treatments like supplemental oxygen can benefit your chronic lung disease, and ask whether a portable oxygen concentrator is right for your needs. Contact Inogen today to find out how our products can help you breathe better and improve your mobility, freedom and independence.