ORLANDO, Fla. (Ivanhoe Newswire) — COPD, pneumonia, lung cancer are all serious lung diseases that can drastically impact a person’s quality of life and sometimes can even be fatal. However, early intervention can make a difference when it comes to treatment and outcomes. Ivanhoe has the signs that you should be on the lookout for that may show you have unhealthy lungs.
A cough for a few weeks after having the flu, or bronchitis is possibly nothing to sneeze at, but a chronic cough that persists for much longer can signal something more serious like mesothelioma cancer, which is caused by asbestos exposure. Smoking has long been associated with lung cancer, but …
Siddhartha Devarakonda, MD, Oncologist at Washington University School of Medicine, says, “The biggest risk factor, it turns out, for getting lung cancer is having lungs.”
Raja Flores, MD, Thoracic Surgeon at Icahn School of Medicine- Mount Sinai Hospital says, “There’s a good number that can have cancers that have never smoked.”
However, shoulder pain can be linked to lung cancer when a pulmonary embolism happens. Some other signs to look for possible lung trouble: blue fingernails can be a sign of cyanosis, a condition in where there is not enough oxygen circulating throughout the blood, swelling in your legs can be a sign of a blood clot that can travel to your lungs, and issues with memory and concentration, morning headaches. And constantly feeling tired can all be symptoms of sleep apnea, a disease in where sleep is interrupted when a person’s breathing stops.
Another sign to be on the lookout for is a changing voice. Paradoxical vocal cord dysfunction can make your voice softer when your lungs are not able to strongly exhale due to lack of strength or air.
Contributors to this news report include: Milvionne Chery, Producer; Bob Walko, Editor.
SURPRISING SIGNS YOUR LUNGS ARE NOT HEALTHY
BACKGROUND: The lungs are a very important part of the human respiratory system as they control our breathing oxygen intake. It is normal for anyone to suffer from a cough occasionally, however if problems persist, a chronic cough could indicate an issue within the lungs. A chronic cough is an indication of mesothelioma cancer. This kind of cancer is caused by asbestos exposure. Asbestos is a mineral that creates dust and disrupts breathing patterns. Symptoms of mesothelioma include shortness of breath, fatigue, and chest pains. Survival from disease ranges from 18 to 31 months and treatments include things that will improve the quality of one’s life. Traditional uses of chemotherapy and immunotherapy are common. The symptoms of mesothelioma can take between 10 to 50 years to show after asbestos exposure. If a diagnosis is caught early, patients may have other treatment options.
THE STUDY: The are some risk factors regarding healthy lungs that many people are unaware of. Those who have never smoked before can still experience lung troubles. It is important to catch lung complications and issues early on to prevent things like lung cancer, lung disease, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). To ensure your lungs are healthy watch out for warning signs such as, long lasting chest pains, overwhelming mucus, wheezing, constant coughing, exhaustion/burnout, swelling in the legs, trouble breathing, coughing blood, blue fingernails, vocal change, shoulder pains, and weight loss. It is also important to keep a healthy diet for your lungs as diet has been strongly correlated with lung health as well.
NEW REGULATIONS: In order to ensure the health and safety of your respiratory system there are precautions and protections that are recommended. Cigarette smoking is one of the main causes of lung complications as cigarette smoke narrows air passages and makes breathing harder. Limiting your exposure to indoor air pollution can also be beneficial in ensuring your lung health. Secondhand smoke and work environment chemicals can damage or worsen lung issues. To prevent respiratory infections, wash your hands regularly, avoid crowded places during flu seasons, keep up to date on vaccinations, and stay home if you become sick. Regularly receiving doctor check ups will also help disease prevention and ensure healthier lungs. Paying attention to the foods you are using for fuel is also important regarding lung health. Food and oxygen serve as the most important material that we consume. Having the proper combination of nutrients in your diet will improve lung health. For some people, eating a diet with less unhealthy carbohydrates helps them breathe easier. Drinking a lot of water helps keep mucus under control as it flushes out and it keeps it thin for removal. Limiting sodium will help with swelling and keeping blood pressure under control. Sodium regulation could be controlled as easily as changing the seasonings you use to flavor your food.
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