Fall is definitely on it’s way, and that means that the weather is going to start getting cooler — fast. If you like the mild temperatures or enjoy a chill in the air, that’s great. It’s not so wonderful, however, if you happen to suffer from mesothelioma, a lung cancer, or any kind of lung disease.

How can you find ways to breathe a little easier once the weather gets cold? Here are some tips:

  1. Don’t light the fireplace. You generally want to avoid wood-burning stoves and fireplaces when you have breathing problems. The small particulates in the smoke can irritate the lungs, especially when you already have problems with your airways.
  2. Stick close to home. It’s easier to control your environment at home, so do as much as you can indoors. If you walk for exercise, for example, consider getting a treadmill.
  3. Stock up on scarves. Protective gear is essential when you’re trying to keep cold air out of your lungs. A scarf worn over your mouth when you are outside will warm the air and create some much-needed humidity for your lungs, which can help you avoid bronchospasms.
  4. Use your medications: If you have a rescue inhaler, for example, it’s time to get it out and carry it with you. Even if you don’t, using your medication as prescribed — faithfully — can minimize any problems with the cold air.

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