Lung diseases have been around for decades and can have an enormous impact on your overall health. Tuberculosis, the flu, pneumonia, and now coronavirus are the primary lung diseases most people worry about. Tuberculosis was the lung disease that lead to the start of the American Lung Association back in 1904. Tuberculosis, also known as TB, has even had traces of it found in Egyptian mummies.
With the introduction of vaporizers and the increased amount of access younger generations have had to nicotine, lung disease has grown to be a major concern throughout the United States. Anti-smoking campaigns have changed the way most Americans use cigarettes but have now refocused to warn of the dangers of vaporizers.
This increased concern creates additional worries about lung diseases such as bronchiolitis obliterans. Bronchiolitis obliterans, nicknamed popcorn lung, is rare and life-threatening. Popcorn lung is irreversible, making your airways inflamed and narrowed.
The Facts on Lung Health
- Nearly 10 million people are diagnosed with bronchitis each year.
- It is believed that 25 million people have asthma.
- Over 150,000 people die from lung cancer each year.
- We breathe nearly 25,000 times a day.
- You can still live a reasonably normal life with only one lung.
- Your right lung is larger than your left lung to make room for your heart.
- Your lungs are the only organs in your body that can float on top of water.
How do I keep my lungs healthy?
Healthy Lung Month is a great time to take steps towards increasing your lung health. The first and the best thing you can do for your lungs is to get a check-up. While check-ups are important, being honest about your breathing and your symptoms. If you are a smoker, try to quit. Although smoke damage is not entirely irreversible, quitting smoking can improve your lung health. Your lungs will be able to breathe deeper and longer, helping your body function better. Another significant step in improving your lung health is to clean your house. This may sound crazy, but your home can hold a lot of dust. Dust in the air, on your furniture, and even on your blanket and sheets can make it more difficult to breathe. Having non-toxic cleaners will also improve your lung health and the environment