HUMIDITY AND LUNG DISEASES
Humidity makes the air stagnant due to which pollutants and allergens like pollen, dust, mould, dust mites, and smoke get trapped in the atmosphere. This worsens respiratory disorders like breathlessness, nasal congestion, cough, excess mucus production, and wheezing.
Humid air can lead to COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) flare-up. Patients will experience difficulty in breathing when temperatures drop below 32°F (0°C) or go above 90°F (32.2°C). Excessive wind can also make it harder to breathe, along with the humidity, ozone levels, and pollen counts which acts as the primary cause of the condition.
Follow these tips to protect your lungs against any humidity-related discomforts and diseases:
- Avoid exercising out in the sun.
- Consume lots of fluids, especially citrus fruit juices like orange, pineapple, blueberry, etc.
- Keep your car windows open once you enter, to release hot air, dust and other gases from the car.
- Reduce indoor humidity by using air conditioners and dehumidifiers.
- Stay aware of the signs of heatstroke
- Pay attention to the local weather forecasts to determine suitable conditions to get outdoor.
- Wear loose, cool, and light-coloured clothes and a hat if you go outdoors.
- Run the bathroom exhaust fan while showering and open a window after showering.
Individuals experiencing allergy symptoms should seek the help of their physician and enquire about taking allergy medication for relief. Options include over-the-counter antihistamines, nasal steroids, decongestants, and inhalers. Our team of specialized doctors at KIMS Respiratory Medicine Department can give holistic care to all our patients, both adults, and children including babies with lung-related issues.