Spring — with all the flowers, buds on the trees, new grass and overall warming temperatures — can be a delight. However, all of those things are allergens that can also make living with lung cancer and other lung disorders even more difficult.
If you have lung cancer, knowing how to adjust your habits around the changing seasons is essential to your well-being.
Managing your condition in the spring
Naturally, you need to take your medication as prescribed, avoid as much stress as possible, follow your doctor’s instructions and use oxygen when you need it.
In addition, you can cope with spring allergens in the following ways:
- Put your air conditioning unit on early. Shutting the windows against the spring air seems counter-intuitive, but leaving them open leaves you exposed to all the pollen that is floating in on the breeze. Don’t be afraid to resort to your air conditioner on a warm spring day instead of a raised window.
- Make sure the filters in your air conditioner and car are clean and high-quality. HEPA filters are designed to remove the largest percentage of allergens from the air before it starts circulating in your home or vehicle — and you need as much help as you can get.
- Hire someone to do the cleaning. Vacuuming, dusting and making sure that all the blankets and pillows on the couch or bed are regularly washed can help you eliminate triggers that can cause coughing and breathing problems.
- Control your environment as much as possible. Stay inside when the pollen count rises and make sure that visitors understand that you can’t handle perfumes, pet dander or other irritants.
It may take some trial-and-error to get things right, but you can quickly figure out what works best for you to reduce your symptoms.
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