The blasts of arctic cold temperatures we’ve had in North Carolina this winter have been especially hard for anyone who has asthma or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Both of these respiratory conditions can be made worse by the cold weather. In fact, a six-year research study showed a direct link between cold weather and an increase in hospital admissions for COPD patients.Read More
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Are you finding yourself tired and breathing a little harder after a trip to the grocery store, a walk up the stairs, or working in the yard? Many people attribute symptoms like these to getting older, but it may be a sign of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, also known as COPD.
What are the signs of COPD and when should you see a doctor?Read More
Typical New Year’s resolutions include exercise, dieting, and weight loss. But did you know sleep also has a huge impact on your quality of life? In fact, sleep can impact everything from your performance at work to your relationships with loved ones. Here are the top reasons you should consider putting better sleep at the top of your New Year’s resolutions list.Read More
Tis the season for traveling to grandmother’s house, sleeping on pullout sofas, and eating way too much of your aunt’s famous Christmas cookies.
If you’re feeling a little exhausted after the holiday season, it may simply be because of all the festivities, less-than-ideal sleeping arrangements in crowded households, and the consumption of all that yummy food.
However, if chronic exhaustion persists long after jolly old St. Nicholas has come and gone, your body could be trying to tell you there’s something more serious at play. Something like Sleep Apnea.Read More
If you have a chronic respiratory condition like asthma or COPD, the holidays can
present extra health challenges. Attending special events or traveling on an airplane or train can put you in close proximity to sick people, increasing your risk of catching a respiratory virus that could lead to complications. You also need to make extra preparations before any trip to ensure you’ll have the medications needed while away from home.
You’re only five minutes into your run and all of a sudden you realize you’re having a really difficult time breathing. This might be normal if only you were much further into your cardio workout, but you’re not — you literally just started. Then, the coughing and wheezing starts and you have no choice but to cut the workout short. Could you possibly have asthma?Read More
Even if you have chronic coughing, wheezing, or shortness of breath, asthma is probably the last thing
on your mind. After all, if you had asthma, you would’ve surely found out as a child, right?
Many people do not receive an asthma diagnosis until they are well into adulthood. Because the condition has many triggers, your current symptoms could be caused by a new environmental element, or simply by changes in your immune system.
Don’t brush off your symptoms as allergies, sinus problems, or being out of shape. Understand the warning signs of asthma and the importance of getting any related symptoms checked out.Read More
When you have an ongoing cough, everyday activities like work meetings, going to the movies, or trying to sleep at night suddenly become things you dread. You may feel, in addition to the physical discomfort, annoyance.
A cough at its best is a nuisance. However, a cough at its worst can indicate more serious health problems.
So, how do you know when a cough is more than just a cough?Read More
Childhood asthma is a growing concern in the U.S.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), over 6 million children have asthma. In other words, if you look at a classroom of 30 students, at least three of them struggle with this chronic condition of the lungs.
Because asthma is one of the leading causes of school absence, it often has a great affect on a child’s learning, development, and growth. It can also hurt self esteem, as kids often feel limited on the playground or sports field.
These are the last things you want for your child.Read More
Chances are, you know someone with asthma.
This respiratory disease affects 25 million people in the United States each year, or one in 12. According to the CDC, these numbers continue to grow, sparking conversation across the nation. But with conversation comes miscommunication, and misconceptions about a serious disease are always dangerous.Read More