Fall is a beautiful season, but it can also bring some challenges to our respiratory health. As the weather gets colder and drier, we may be more prone to infections, allergies, asthma and other breathing problems. Here are some tips to protect your lungs and breathe easier this fall.
One of the best ways to prevent respiratory infections is to get vaccinated against influenza and COVID-19. These viruses can cause serious complications, especially for people with chronic lung conditions or weakened immune systems. Getting vaccinated can reduce your risk of getting sick and spreading the virus to others. You can find out where to get your flu shot or COVID-19 vaccine at [HealthLink BC](https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/health-feature/seasonal-flu-vaccine) or [Immunize BC](https://immunizebc.ca/).
If you have allergies or asthma, you may notice that your symptoms get worse in the fall. This is because of the increased exposure to allergens such as pollen, mold, dust mites and pet dander. To avoid these triggers, you can:
– Keep your windows closed and use a HEPA air filter in your home
– Wash your bedding and clothes regularly in hot water
– Vacuum and dust frequently
– Wear a mask when outdoors or in public places
– Avoid smoking and second-hand smoke
Drinking enough water is important for your overall health, but especially for your lungs. Water helps to thin the mucus in your airways and makes it easier to cough up. It also prevents dehydration, which can cause dryness and irritation in your throat and nose. Aim for at least eight glasses of water a day, and avoid caffeinated or alcoholic beverages that can dehydrate you.
Breathe through your nose
Breathing through your nose is better than breathing through your mouth for several reasons. Your nose filters, warms and humidifies the air before it reaches your lungs, which protects them from irritants and infections. Your nose also produces nitric oxide, a gas that helps to relax your blood vessels and improve oxygen delivery. Breathing through your mouth can cause dryness, inflammation and soreness in your throat and lungs. If you have trouble breathing through your nose, you may have a deviated septum, nasal polyps or allergies that need medical attention.
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TB Vets Charitable Foundation is the primary charitable sponsor of respiratory equipment in British Columbia. For over 75 years, TB Vets has given hope to individuals and families in their hour of great need. They serve all British Columbians suffering from respiratory emergencies, from newborns with specialized breathing equipment to advanced life support for trauma patients. They also fund research and education on tuberculosis and respiratory diseases at leading institutions in BC.
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By following these tips, you can take care of your respiratory health during fall and enjoy the season. Remember to consult your doctor if you have any concerns or questions about your lung condition or treatment.