Indoor Air Quality Affects COPD Sufferers
November is COPD Awareness Month, and at Zehnder America, we understand how air quality is a major factor for lung diseases. COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is a disease which causes inflammation and increased mucus production in the lungs. This makes it extremely difficult for a sufferer to breathe, and often major lifestyle changes are needed.
There are a variety of things that can cause COPD. Nearly all research suggests that air quality is one of the contributing factors. People who smoke or people who live in areas with high air pollution are more likely to suffer from COPD. Ensuring good air quality is one way to prevent the disease from developing, as well as a good method of treatment.
If you or a loved one is suffering from COPD, or at risk of developing the disease, there are a few things you can do to prevent worsening symptoms.
- Stop smoking. Second-hand smoke is a major contributor to poor air quality, so anyone around a smoker can be at risk.
- Use the Air Quality Index to check if it is safe to go outside. When the AQI is above 100, you may be at risk of worsening symptoms.
- Ensure indoor air quality is good with quality filters and ventilation. Zehnder America can help you find the right products for your home and make sure the indoor air is healthier and helps prevent any symptoms from developing.