Keeping healthy is more important than ever for patients with chronic lung diseases. Some common-sense rules prevail in maintaining virus- or infection-free health—washing your hands often, sanitizing between washes, quitting smoking, caring for your teeth and gums, avoiding germs, and considering vaccinations like flu shots. But there are even more considerations you may not have thought of with regard to staying healthy.
Your lungs require a great deal of moisture—100% relative humidity—to keep their cleansing systems working, and to keep you free from infection. Your nose provides a great deal of this moisture to incoming air, but in the drier air of wintertime, it is more of a challenge. Dry air can be harmful to anyone. For people suffering from chronic lung problems, it can cause serious and lengthy respiratory infections.
It’s sometimes difficult to make that call. Whenever you’re unsure, consider these tips about when to call your doctor: