High Humidity and Lung Health for all breathing problems
Hello- I become a hermit when the humidity is over 70%- and that's just sitting on my deck or watering plants on my desk. Today it's 100% humidity in my little niche of the world. And I don't like the smell of the air. My chest feels heavy and I feel like coughing, but try not too. This reminds me that I also have to curtail my activities, drink plenty of water and know my warning signs. When I started my lung cancer journey I didn't have anyone to turn to so that I could make things easier for myself. This is why I want to begin this discussion, to help those who don't know and for those who do to help make life easier for them.
Here are some warning signs that there is too much humidity int he air for you:
Warning signs differ with everyone but there are some universal ones:
trouble breathing- Having to use my chest muscles to help me breathe, more gurgling (wheezing) in my throat, worse coughing , skin color change (more bluish around the mouth) or if you have trouble doing anything (time for either an AC or call 911), swollen ankles or fever.
The best things to do for yourself is to get air conditioning for your house, or even one room where you spend the most time in. Make sure that you have your rescue inhaler available or anything else that you can use. Make sure that your clothing isn't constricting and drink water- lots of it. Try and eat light meals and eat fruit if you can to help with energy.
Without hesitation please cal 911 if you are in any distress. Ambulances and Fireman/woman are trained to respond and you are not "bothering" them. This is their job, volunteer or not. They chose to do this so you are not putting them out. And you can cancel them if things straighten out before they arrive.
High humidity is when there is more water (in any form) in the air than not. We aren't meant to breathe water so we don't get enough oxygen. Our lung's function is to help our bodies stay in balance and help with cooling. If we don't have enough oxygen then we can't cool our bodies and can get heat stroke from that. And the more our bodies need to work to do this hence the more tired we become too. Not a great situation.
We changed air/heat units with a great hepa filter system. There are many portable air conditioners out there now that are affordable. Please have a close friend or family member help you with this.
Fans are ok to cool a bit but do not aid in breathing better because all they do is swirl the humidity down.
What are some of the situations that you have found to help or make things worse?