Respiratory CareMelanie Tawil
The Fall can be a beautiful time with the holidays starting, leaves changing, oh and the flu. October marks Respiratory Care Week (last full week of October). Chances are because you’re in Texas, you have dealt with some kind of respiratory issue in your life even if you are not currently suffering.
There are many causes for breathing problems. They can come from a wide amount of sources like genetics, pollutants, and irritants, all of which can affect the health of your lungs.
Among the most common that you will find are the cold and flu, which both are highly contagious yet very different. The cold is thought to be the most rampant upper respiratory infection caused by over one hundred viruses, yes one hundred. The flu on the other hand is just caused by three viruses. They are both responsible for heavy mucus in the chest and are very serious if not taken care of. They can lead to chronic respiratory conditions such as pneumonia and bronchitis.
When you age, your body goes through changes to the bones and muscles of the chest and spine. Your bones become thinner and change shape which can lead to a change in shape of your ribcage. Because of this, your ribcage cannot expand and contract as it once did during breathing.
There are a number of ways to decrease the effects of aging on the lungs – do not smoke, smoking harms the lungs and speeds up lung aging; do physical exercise to improve lung function; get up and move around instead of lying in bed or sitting for long periods of time.
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