by A. Grano on September 27th, 2011 at 7:00 am
Do you experience shortness of breath during everyday activities, such as going up stairs? Do you have a tightness in your chest or have a chronic, mucus-producing cough? If so, you may have COPD, short for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, a serious lung condition that occurs as a result of damage to or obstruction of the airways of lungs.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, it’s the fourth-leading cause of death in the United States. More than 12 million Americans have been diagnosed with COPD, but another 12 to 13 million people have the condition but have not been diagnosed, often because they disregard the symptoms.
However, as statistics show, failure to address the condition can be deadly. Symptoms typically come on gradually and slowly worsen over time.
What causes COPD?
Smoking is the number one risk factor, as irritants and chemicals inhaled cause permanent damage to lung airways. Other causes include genetics, exposure to other pollutants such as chemical fumes, exhaust pollution or repeated exposure to fine dust or powder.
What you can do
- Quit smoking. As cigarette smoking is responsible for the majority of COPD cases, quitting is the best way to help lower your risk.
- Ease the discomfort of excessive chest mucus naturally. Kali mur is well known for its beneficial effects of the respiratory system. Kali sulph is also excellent at naturally treating phlegm coughs and sinus congestions, as well as reducing inflammation of the mucous membranes. Kali bich also works on soothing irritated mucous membranes, especially in the lungs, and helps loosen thick chest mucus.
- Avoid lung irritants, including second hand cigarette smoke, dust and aerosol sprays.
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