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You're unknowingly doing this over a thousand times a day - breathing in oxygen.
As you inhale, air enters your lungs and oxygen gets absorbed into your blood. When you exhale, the carbon dioxide released from the bloodstream gets expelled by your lungs. So, yes in a way, we’re the opposite of plants. Our body naturally filters air when we breathe, however, there are germs, allergens and pollutants that can surpass the system and harm our lungs. With growing respiratory issues like COVID-19, SARS, and the seasonal flu, having strong and healthy lungs is vital.
Here’s what you can do:
Kick, throw, flick the butt
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), chronic bronchitis, emphysema, chronic lung inflammation, lung cancer – these are just some of the diseases that smoking causes. Smoking is simply injurious to your lungs—and sometimes, quitters win.
Air quality control
Polluted air is unavoidable and prolonged exposure could cause asthma, chronic bronchitis, or cancer. One way to minimize exposure is to track the air quality index (this information is available online) of the locations you tend to visit often, and minimize your stays. Also, wear masks whenever necessary. Even at home, dust, secondhand smoke, chemicals used for cleaning the house, or smoke emitted from burning cooking fuels could be harmful. Keep your home well-ventilated and surround it with greenery. Use indoor plants and air filters if possible.
Lungs can be astonishingly resilient, however, respiratory illnesses like COVID-19, SARS, influenza, and pneumonia can severely damage them. Most respiratory illnesses are contagious and can be avoided by following safety protocols. Lung diseases of any kind are a serious threat and must get immediate medical attention if diagnosed.
Steps to take
The emergence of COVID-19 has led to a shift in our focus towards respiratory health. It’s important to take time to understand your lung health via health checks and regular consultations with specialists. Like a wise person once said, prevention is better than a cure.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), Pulmonary embolism, Lung cancer, and Pneumothorax are a few serious conditions that may need surgical attention. If you need Surgery with care, we're always here to help.