How To Keep Your Lungs Healthy?
Here’s the doctor, as you might know, Riau is now in a haze disaster. The smoke in the city that I was in had entered a dangerous stage, I began to feel tightness when breathing even though I was already wearing a mask. I am also not possible to flee from this place. So I want to ask for doctor’s advice, how do I take care of my lungs. Please let the doctor be willing to answer my question clearly. Thank you for your attention
Hello Hans Olshop, thank you for asking to HealthReplies.com.
Haze is a type of air pollution containing various gases (both from perfect or imperfect combustion) that react with sunlight, including carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxides, ozone, sulfur oxides, dust, smoke itself, etc.
Especially air pollution that has exceeded the safe limit has the risk of causing cough and throat irritation, triggers asthma and COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), eye irritation, increased risk of lung cancer and coronary heart disease.
How can you overcome it if indeed the source of pollution cannot be controlled? Things that can be done are:
Promote good room air exchange: for example installing exhaust fans so that good air circulation (polluted air in the room is removed), or air conditioner (AC), there is also technology in the form of air ionizer or air filter in a good room to eliminate harmful particles in the room.
Reduce outdoor exposure, if you really need to go outdoors, wear effective anti-pollution masks, one of which is the N95 mask designed to filter out harmful particles in the air even to very small particles. Medical masks that are often sold at pharmacies are not effective enough to be self-protection against air pollution.
If you do experience symptoms such as shortness, cough accompanied by fever, it is better to immediately see a doctor to find out the cause (whether it involves lung infection or not, or other causes) so that it gets immediate treatment. If you have a history of asthma, try to use a preventive inhaler (routinely sprayed for example 2 times a day, as prescribed by a doctor) or if recurrent, use a lozenges (sprayed during an asthma attack / exacerbation) regularly and wear an N95 mask that effectively filters particles from air.
All of our suggestions and answers, hopefully useful, good afternoon