We're seeing some of the hottest temperatures on record across the United States. All this heat stirs up ozone and pollutants, irritating your lungs.
You can track current air quality with the State of the Air app or by visiting www.airnow.gov. Find out the air quality in your neighborhood and use that information to plan your day. Those with allergies, asthma and COPD should pay particular attention because poor air quality can exacerbate those conditions.
The best way to beat the summer heat is to do errands and heavy activity early in the day before the air heats up. Know your triggers. Use preventative inhalers before venturing out of your home. Air filters on air conditioners and window fans reduce the particles that enter your home. Wearing masks can reduce your particle inhalation.
Moderate air conditioning is helpful for those with lung issues. It controls climate and reduces particulate matter. But, don't make your house too cold.
You can't reverse lung damage but you can exercise your lungs for better breathing health. Stay active. Engage in light exercise like walking if you have trouble breathing. Get plenty of sleep.
Listen in as Dr. Albert Rizzo joins Melanie Cole, MS, to discuss best practices for healthy lungs in the heat.