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Healthy Lung Month

October is National Lung Month. !0 million adults are diagnosed with chronic bronchitis each year, 4.7 million others have ever been diagnosed with emphysema, and 25 million people live with asthma as well. Occupational lung diseases like asbestosis and mesothelioma cost about $150 billion annually. In support of Healthy Lung Month, let us raise awareness about the rapid escalation of lung diseases in the United States.

Harmful air pollution exists not only outdoors. Some pollutants occur in the home and can be more harmful than those encountered outdoors. Some common lung irritants include lead, formaldehyde, radon, cleaning agent vapors, and fire-retardants. Natural pollutants include pet dander, dust mites, and mold. Below are some ways to avoid these damaging agents:

  • Clean the Air: Buy a vacuum with a HEPA filter to reduce lead, chemical build-up, and allergens such as pet dander in the home. Follow this step by mopping with a microfiber mop to soak up any leftover particles.

  • Green Your Space: Fill your place with plants! Indoor plants help purify the air, removing toxins such as formaldehyde, benzene, toluene, and xylene. Spider plants and aloe vera plants are good choices for the home.

  • Go Natural: Fragrances in cleaning products, laundry detergents, and air fresheners can all damage the lungs opt for fragrance-free whenever possible.

  • Test for Radon: Make sure your home has a radon detector. This colorless, odorless gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States today.