Your Fall Lung Health Checklist
The air is crisp, the leaves are changing. Have you checked in with your lungs lately?
1. Keep things scent-free.
It’s tempting to celebrate autumn’s arrival with cozy-scented candles and body care products. But for many people with conditions like asthma or COPD, scented products can trigger symptoms – and even attacks. We suggest you enjoy your pumpkin spice in your latte and not in your air
2. Order your radon test kit.
Did you know that it’s the perfect time of year to test your home for cancer-causing radon gas? Order your testing kit here for as little as $30.
3. Review your asthma action plan.
If you have asthma, your plan is your lifeline. As the seasons change, you may experience new triggers – like wood smoke or certain kinds of pollen. Review your plan so you know what to do if your symptoms flare this fall.
4. Move your workouts inside.
Finding ways to stay active indoors is especially important if you have a lung condition that flares up due to cold air. You may enjoy our at-home workout module for people living with lung disease.
5. Reduce your risk of getting sick – really sick.
Vaccines are your best defense against the flu and pneumococcal pneumonia, as well as their potentially serious complications.And if you’re over 65, you should consult your doctor about receiving the high dose flu vaccine for extra protection. NOTE: The flu vaccine will be available in mid to late October.
Remember, our Lung Health Line is open year-round, and certified respiratory educators are standing by to answer your questions and help you breathe your best. From the staff and volunteers at the Ontario Lung Association, we wish you a happy and healthy autumn!