Spring allergies are caused by tree pollens; early summer allergies are triggered by grasses; fall allergies tend to come from weeds such as ragweed and molds.
Air quality and changing weather can sometimes wreak havoc on your ability to breathe. If you have a chronic lung condition, such as asthma or COPD, you may struggle even more with changing weather conditions. Here are some expert tips to help you breathe easier.
Aggressive treatment of allergies, whether with immunotherapy or sinus surgery, may help reduce the risk of developing a worse airway disease, like asthma.
If you have sarcoidosis, your doctor may prescribe steroids at some point during your treatment. Specific types of steroids can treat the symptoms of this inflammatory condition, which often affects the lungs. But steroids are not for everyone. Used long-term, steroids present a long list of potential side effects. That’s why doctors often look for “steroid-sparing” … Read More
If you suffer from ongoing shortness of breath or frequent lung infections, there are many possible culprits — including cysts in your lungs that could lead to cystic lung diseases. The challenge for patients and doctors is to nail down a specific diagnosis. Getting the right treatment depends on it. Doing so is complicated. There … Read More
If you greet the end of winter with a little bit of dread, it’s a safe bet that you have hay fever, also known as seasonal allergies. If this is you, the arrival of warm weather also is the onset of misery because of the sneezing, wheezing, coughing and itchy eyes that the arrival of … Read More
Every day, you encounter irritants that can harm your lungs. Some are obvious, such as smoking or exposure to car fumes. But did you know that even the bedding in your home can seriously affect your breathing? “Feather duvet lung” is an inflammatory reaction to goose or duck feathers in linens. It’s a form of … Read More
It can be found anywhere – on shower curtains, house siding or tree trunks. It grows in almost any color, and it thrives in damp, warm, humid places, sprouting up year-round. It’s mold, and if you’re exposed to it, you could develop breathing problems, from mild to severe. According to critical care pulmonologist Lamia Ibrahim, … Read More
Many people haven’t broken free from the grip of winter yet, but now is the time to start thinking about spring allergies. In fact, the season is already under way in some areas of the country because the trees already are budding. Once they begin to flower, allergy sufferers need to be prepared. “Maple, elm, hickory and oak … Read More
Static in your hair or the sparks that fly when you touch someone or something in winter are sure signs the air in your house is too dry. Setting up a humidifier is the best bet for improving indoor air quality and your breathing, according to pulmonologist Katina Nicolacakis, MD. “When the air is dry, … Read More