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Do you have asthma? The best way to remain safe from an attack is to avoid the triggers. Check out our video to learn about asthma triggers.
Transcript: If you have asthma, an attack is always possible --even if you're not short of breath right at the moment....
If you have asthma, an attack is always possible --even if you're not short of breath right at the moment. Most people with asthma have airways that are always a bit SWOLLEN, inflamed and hyper-sensitive. When you're exposed to a TRIGGER, airways can swell up rapidly and your body may produce a lot of airway-clogging mucus, making it difficult to breathe. Knowing - and AVOIDING -- your asthma triggers is a vital step in preventing attacks, so let's run through a list of the 10 most common. SMOKE is a VERY common asthma trigger. If you smoke, seek help to quit. If you hang out with smokers, ask them to put out their cigarettes or to go outside. AIR POLLUTION is another major culprit. You probably can't avoid it altogether. Listen for air quality reports-if pollution is high, you may want to limit your time outdoors. Dust mites, mold, and rodent and COCKROACH droppings are ALL liable to spark an episode. Avoid these by keeping up with household tasks- fix water leaks, wash your sheets, vacuum, dust, and keep your home ventilated. People with asthma may not want to own a dog, cat or other furry pets due to their DANDER. If you do have one, try and keep the pet OUTSIDE and away from your bed and furniture. Otherwise, you may have to find your pet another home. Pollen also elicits attacks -50% of people with asthma developed the condition as a result of allergies. If this is you, listen to the weather reports and consider staying indoors on days with high pollen counts. Colds and flus are also common attack triggers. Everyone with asthma should get a FLU VACCINE every year. Also, try to prevent colds by avoiding sick people and washing your hands often. INTENSE EXERCISE is a common asthma trigger because increased respiration makes your lungs more sensitive. But you definitely SHOULDN'T avoid physical activity - work with your doctor to figure out which medications to use BEFORE you exercise or if you have an attack. Just like exercise, laughing is fun, and it's good for you. But INTENSE laughing--as well as yelling and crying--can actually SET OFF an attack. Emotional STRESS can spark one too. If you feel like you're ready to EXPLODE with anger or anxiety, take a break and calm down. Intense odors are known to prompt attacks, so choose the unscented versions of detergents, deodorants, hair products, and more. Some patients experience an attack after taking aspirin or other anti-inflammatory painkillers such as ibuprofen and naproxen. If you have a reaction to one, it's best to avoid ALL anti-inflammatories. Knowing your triggers can help you prevent an asthma attack and let you breathe much, much easier.More »
Last Modified: 2013-06-12 | Tags »
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More than 12 million Americans are struggling with COPD. Are you one of them? Share how you're striving to breathe better.
Last Modified: 2012-04-25 | Tags »
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Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease can be tough to cope with, but there are several treatments and therapies that can alleviate your shortness of breath, coughing and wheezing-maybe some you haven't explored yet. Take this quiz on COPD to get educated
Last Modified: 2013-07-17 | Tags »
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When's the last time you looked at your mucus color? Noticed any mucus color changes? Understanding mucus color can help you tell your health status.
Transcript: When you blow your nose or cough up some phlegm how do you know what's a healthy color and what's not?...
When you blow your nose or cough up some phlegm how do you know what's a healthy color and what's not? Well, clear thin mucus is usually the sign of a healthy system, but if there is a CONSISTENCY and COLOR change, there may be something wrong. If you have a bacterial or viral infection your mucus turns LIGHT YELLOW or GREEN because white blood cells that respond to an infection contain a green-tinged enzyme. It mixes with the mucus in your nose or the phlegm in your lungs and throat, changing the color. Because there is a good chance this colored mucus is a symptom of a viral infection, don't run to the doctor or take antibiotics. Instead, drink lots of fluids and get plenty of rest to beat the bug. If you don't feel better in a week, THEN it's time to go to your physician. If your phlegm is thick and DARK yellow, DARK green or brown, it could indicate that your infection may have traveled to your LUNGS. If your primary symptom is constant coughing, BRONCHITIS is a real possibility. Smokers who have a persistent cough may have CHRONIC bronchitis, which can be a symptom of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease - or COPD - the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S. If you suspect you have chronic bronchitis, quit smoking and visit your doctor. DARK YELLOW or dark green phlegm may indicate PNEUMONIA. If the cough is also accompanied by fever, shortness of breath, sweating, chills, headache, muscle pain, fatigue and chest pain, you should see a doctor. BLOODY phlegm is an alarming symptom. It can indicate all kinds of trouble including tuberculosis, lung cancer or a pulmonary embolism -- a blood clot your lungs. Head to your doctor or the emergency room immediately. You should also seek medical assistance if you're coughing up pink, frothy mucus-this symptom could indicate that you have pulmonary edema, or fluid in your lungs. However, regardless of your mucus color -if you're really feeling unwell, see your primary physician-sooner than later. To learn more about respiratory health, check out other videos in this series.More »
Last Modified: 2012-11-17 | Tags »
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Some of the most life-changing decisions you'll ever make will be about your health. So when the time comes, what choice do you think you'd make?
Last Modified: 2012-01-04 | Tags »
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Since smoking is both a physical and psychological addiction, and it can be difficult to stop. Quiz yourself on the different options smokers have for beating the urge to light up.
Last Modified: 2011-02-11 | Tags »
The stages of COPD include breathing problems that increase in severity. Understanding the stages can give you an idea of how well you're doing. See video for details.
Transcript: Like other chronic, progressive diseases, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease - or COPD-- is measured...
Like other chronic, progressive diseases, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease - or COPD-- is measured in stages or grades of severity. G-O-L-D -which stands for Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease--is an international organization that has established GUIDELINES for diagnosing COPD and classifying its severity. They look at ease of breathing and the number of COPD exacerbations-or acute attacks-a person has PER YEAR. They also evaluate a patient's other symptoms such as chest tightness, fatigue and breathlessness. An earlier set of guidelines identified the progressive worsening of COPD through stages - but they now call them GRADES.There are four grades of COPD: -Grade 1: the patient MAY have mild breathing problems and/or has had at MOST one acute attack a year, in which the day to day COPD symptoms become suddenly worse. They have mild miscellaneous symptoms such as fatigue or wheezing and some breathlessness. -Grade 2: this involves moderate, CHRONIC breathing problems, and/or at most one COPD exacerbation - or acute attack -- a year. A patient will have mild to MODERATE symptoms and breathlessness.Grade 3: The patient may have chronic breathing problems, moderate breathlessness, and/or two or MORE COPD exacerbations each year. -In Grade 4, a patient may have VERY severe, chronic breathing problems, almost constant breathlessness, and/or 2 or more exacerbations every year. Regardless of your grade, medication will TYPICALLY be a part of your treatment plan, with the number of medications increasing with the increasing severity of symptoms. Oxygen therapy, used by patients with low levels of oxygen in their blood, may help those with moderate to severe COPD. And surgery may be recommended in SEVERE cases when meds and other treatments have not helped enough.To get more information about COPD, watch additional videos in this series.More »
Last Modified: 2012-11-17 | Tags »
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You know it's unhealthy, but do you know how many chemicals smokers inhale? Or specifically how smoking impacts your family and friends' health? Knowing more of the hard health truths could help you or a loved one quit -- for good.
Last Modified: 2011-08-23 | Tags »
Smoking during pregnancy will harm your fetus's health. Watch this video for details on cigarettes and pregnancy.
Transcript: Up to 13 percent of women still smoke during their pregnancies. Cigarette smoke contains over 4,000 chemicals,...
Up to 13 percent of women still smoke during their pregnancies. Cigarette smoke contains over 4,000 chemicals, all of which enter the blood stream and head straight for your baby. Two of these in particularcarbon monoxide and nicotinenarrow the blood vessels in the umbilical cord. Since this is the babys source of oxygen, when this happens it becomes much harder for him to breathe. Oxygen deprivation in the womb can lead to stillbirth, premature delivery, low birth weight, learning disorders and a lower IQ. If youre a non-smoker, but your partner lights up, your baby is still subjected to serious risks. In fact, the CDC says that women exposed to secondhand smoke have a 20 percent greater chance of delivering underweight babies than women who arent exposed. Even women who spend a great deal of time around wood fires may experience similar negative effects due to inhalation of carbon monoxide. This risk, however, is smaller than the risk of smoking, and not something to be worried about if it occurs in moderation. If youre pregnant and cant stop smoking, talk to your doctor about quitting. If you can do so by week 14, youre about as likely as anyone to have a healthy baby!More »
Last Modified: 2013-04-11 | Tags »
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Understanding chronic obstructive pulmonary disease requires identification of the underlying causes, associated symptoms and proper treatment. For all three, watch the video on our website.
Transcript: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease kills over 100,000 Americans every year, making it the fourth leading...
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease kills over 100,000 Americans every year, making it the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. So what exactly IS chronic obstructive pulmonary disease? Actually, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or C.O.P.D, refers to two different diseases of the lung, emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Since emphysema and chronic bronchitis are each usually caused by years of cigarette smoke, afflicted individuals are almost always diagnosed with both at once... hence the umbrella term, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. This combination of diseases can also be caused by years of inhaling a variety of industrial toxins, fumes, and chemicals. Prolonged exposure to air pollution and second-hand smoke, or even a history of childhood lung infections can also lead to C.O.P.D. However, since chronic bronchitis and emphysema affect two different parts of the lung, let's take a separate look at each disease. Chronic bronchitis is characterized by an inflammation of the bronchial tubes, which are the passageways that branch off from the trachea, or windpipe, and allow air to enter the lungs. This inflammation causes thick mucus to build up in the tubes, preventing sufficient air from reaching the lungs. Emphysema occurs when the walls between the air sacs in the lungs, known as alveoli, lose their elasticity. This, in turn, causes the air sacs to become fragile and over-inflated, leading to an unnatural retention of air within the lungs. The symptoms of C.O.P.D tend to depend on which disease is more prominent in an afflicted individual. If emphysema is the predominant disease, the first noticeable symptom will be a shortness of breath during physical exertion. This will soon be followed by a phlegmatic cough and pursed-lip breathing. If chronic bronchitis predominates, a persistent, mucus-filled cough will often be the first symptom to appear. This may be accompanied by wheezing, shortness of breath, fatigue, and respiratory or lung infections. COPD is usually diagnosed based on an individual's medical history and an examination of his or her lungs. This lung examination can be done with chest x-rays, CAT scans and any number of pulmonary function tests, such as a spirometry. A spirometry measures the inhalations and exhalations of the lungs and the efficiency of their ability to transfer oxygen to the blood. There is no cure for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. However, its destructive presence CAN be controlled and slowed with close medical attention, allowing those afflicted to lead longer, healthier lives. If you are concerned that you may have C.O.P.D, or are experiencing symptoms of either of its component diseases, please see your doctor or pulmonologist for a check-up immediately.More »
Last Modified: 2013-09-27 | Tags »
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Are you a chain smoker and want to give up? With the right plan you can! Watch this video for tips on developing the best quit smoking plan for you.
Transcript: Forty-six million Americans have quit smoking for good! Ready to join them? Keep watching! Smoking is...
Forty-six million Americans have quit smoking for good! Ready to join them? Keep watching! Smoking is responsible for 1 in 5 deaths in America, killing 400,000 people every year. But here's the good news: Your body starts to feel the positive effects of quitting just 20 minutes after you do it! Because smoking is both physically and psychologically addicting, it's a hard habit to breakbut having a plan can help. Once you've made the decision to quit, it helps to prepare yourself by understanding your personal addiction. Try keeping a smoking journal for a few days, recording every cigarette you smoke, how you felt and why you did it. Most smokers notice a pattern to their habit. By becoming aware of when you're likely to smoke, you can plan to change your environment to avoid or weaken the temptation. After you've identified your triggers, you're probably ready to take the plunge. Start by setting a quitting date and stick to it. Be sure that your environment is welcoming to a non-smoker by that date. Discard all cigarettes, ashtrays, and lighters in your home, car and office. As you prepare to give up smoking, remember that you probably didn't start on your ownand you don't have to quit on your own, either! Enlist the aid of family and friends. Request that fellow smokers not offer you cigarettes, and that they not smoke around you. Do not let anyone smoke in your home. And remember that smoking journal? Get it out, read it over, and prepare to come up with new behaviors to adjust your routine and avoid your triggers. For example, if you're used to smoking after a meal, come up with a new ritual, such as taking a walk or brushing your teeth. Avoid places where you used to smoke, like bars and parks. This could be a great opportunity to find a new favorite place to spend time! Be prepared for urges and have cigarette substitutes on hand. Sugar-free candy, gum, breath mints, and even toothpicks, can keep your mouth busy and help you fight the urge to smoke. While you're quitting, it can help to enlist the aid of medication, such as nicotine gum, a nicotine inhaler, or a nicotine patch. Many cessation aids are available over-the-counter, but you should still talk to your doctor about what's right for you. These medications can more than double your chances of quitting for good, but you must use them correctly: It is vitally important NOT to smoke while you're using nicotine substitutes. As you quit, it's important to be prepared for the possibility that you may relapse, and that's okay. Most people try to quit smoking several times before they succeed. Just take note of why you gave in-was it a cocktail, other smokers, a bad day?-and try to remember that this trigger was too much for you. Quitting a longtime smoking habit can be incredibly difficult, but the lifelong benefits of doing so are worth the effort. Talk to your doctor about devising a smoking cessation plan that will work for you.More »
Last Modified: 2013-07-25 | Tags »
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One of the most recommended forms of COPD treatment is a lifestyle change. Quitting smoking can immensely improve the patients condition. Check out our video to find more.
Transcript: COPD is usually diagnosed based on an individual's medical history and an examination of his or her lungs....
COPD is usually diagnosed based on an individual's medical history and an examination of his or her lungs. This lung examination can be done with chest x-rays, CAT scans and any number of pulmonary function tests, such as a spirometry. A spirometry measures the inhalations and exhalations of the lungs and the efficiency of their ability to transfer oxygen to the blood. There is no cure for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. However, its destructive presence CAN be controlled and slowed with close medical attention, allowing those afflicted to lead longer, healthier lives. If you are concerned that you may have C.O.P.D, or are experiencing symptoms of either of its component diseases, please see your doctor or pulmonologist for a check-up immediately.More »
Last Modified: 2013-06-10 | Tags »
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