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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: Please Help Me Breath!

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease is a particularly nasty lung condition that escalates in stages amongst those with emphysema and/or chronic bronchitis. 

Tragically, emphysema slowly destroys the air sacs in your lungs, which ultimately interferes with your outward air flow capacity. Bronchitis on the other hand, causes inflammation and narrowing of the bronchial tubes. The narrowing allows mucus to build up causing congestion.

When COPD is diagnosed in addition to a pre-existent condition such as emphysema or bronchitis, breathing can become almost impossible. Symptoms may be mild at first, beginning with a cough, some congestion and wheezing.  Regular medical checkups are absolutely necessary as you can easily dismiss these symptoms at first as having a simple cold 

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Symptom Stages

Stage 1

  • mild shortness of breath, especially after exercise
  • mild but chronic cough
  • needing to clear your throat often, especially upon waking

Stage 2

  • shortness of breath after mild exercise such as walking up a flight of stairs
  • wheezing
  • tightness in the chest
  • chronic cough, which may or may not produce mucus
  • Chronic chest congestion
  • Contracting frequent colds or other respiratory infections
  • reduced energy

Stage 3

  • Chronic fatigue
  • swelling in the lower extremities such as feet, ankles and legs
  • Decreased appetite

Stage 4

  • bluish or gray fingernails and lips due to low oxygen levels in your blood
  • trouble catching your breath
  • confusion or faintness due to decreased oxygen levels to the brain
  • racing heart beat

Cause

Smoking is the number one cause of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and is most commonly diagnosed in patients over the age of 40. You can also develop COPD if you’re exposed to toxic fumes from chemicals or asbestos in the workplace. Long-term exposure to air pollution and inhaling dust has also been known to cause COPD among those with allergies.

Treatment

 Although COPD is considered to be a chronic condition, it can be managed and treated in a number of different ways to improve your quality of life. The most common forms of treatment are doctor prescribed bronchodilators to help relax muscles in the airways, gluco-corticosteroids to reduce the inflammation, and at later stages oxygen therapy is common. Surgery is usually the last form of treatment available and is often needed to remove large air sacs from the lungs, or in extreme cases a full lung transplant.

To lower the risk of contracting additional respiratory infections, your doctor will likely add vaccinations to your treatment plan. A yearly flu shot, pneumococcal vaccine, and possibly a tetanus booster helps protect the lungs from damage against infections.

Alternative Treatment

Although there is no cure currently for COPD, alternative treatments do exist that can help to increase lung air capacity and regulate breathing. Environmental treatments such as the Saltair home salt therapy device have been shown to be very effective in easing COPD symptoms.

Saltair works by releasing tiny microscopic particles of salt into the air over a 7-8 hour period. As the salt is inhaled, the inflammation in the bronchial tubes eases allowing for clear breathing. These inhalable particles of salt help clear the mucus, reduce inflammation, and naturally boost your respiratory immune system over time. Home salt therapy can act not only to treat the common symptoms and causes of COPD, but can also act as a preventative agent in your environment by naturally cleansing the air.

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Get Rid Of Your Respiratory Problems The Modern Way, With The Innovative Ultrasonic Salt Particle Dispenser

Get Rid Of Your Respiratory Problems The Modern Way With The Innovative Ultrasonic Salt Particle Dispenser

If you are suffering from respiratory problems, there is a simple and effective way of getting relief from the problem. Salt Therapy is not a new, modern age discovery. It has been around for years but its popularity has been spreading across the globe in recent years because patients suffering from respiratory disorders are discovering the amazing benefits of this simple, hassle-free, non-invasive therapy that produces real results.

Why Use Salt Therapy

Salt Therapy can improve your breathing and clear the upper respiratory system to help you breathe easy. It is also proven effective in treatment of conditions such as asthma, COPD and shortness of breath. In the medieval times, patients were taken deep inside salt caves by monks to provide them relief from asthma and other breathing problems. You won’t have to spend time, money and energy hunting for a salt cave in today’s hi-tech age because innovative doctors and therapists have developed a simple, user-friendly device that can deliver the same benefits in a very convenient manner.

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The Modern Device Mimics Salt Cave Characteristics

Ultrasonic particle dispenser is a revolutionary device, designed to convert saline solution that consists of plain water and salt, into microscopic salt particles. These salt particles travel into the deeper areas of the lungs and kill harmful bacteria. It also clear the mucus which often obstructs the airway passages making breathing difficult and leading to respiratory issues.

Salt Therapy is an effective way of reducing inflammation. Salt particles have anti inflammatory properties and also humidify the respiratory tract. As it helps improve the intake of oxygen into the blood stream, you can feel a sense of well-being.

Other Key Benefits

Another important advantage of using ultrasonic salt particle dispenser is that it can clean the air within a room by removing harmful bacteria and dust particles. It is designed for convenience of use and can be placed on any flat surface near you. Regular use for approximately seven to eight hours daily can provide immense and long term relief from respiratory problems. It can also be used as a preventive tool. Use it proactively to prevent asthma attacks or respiratory infections. It is safe for use for everyone including expecting mothers and small kids and does not interfere with any medications that you might be using.

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Home Salt Therapy for Cystic Fibrosis and COPD

Cystic fibrosis, also known as mucoviscidosis is a genetic disorder where the autosomal recessive gene is affected. The disease affects the lungs, heart, pancreas, liver and intestines. It is characterized by abnormal transport of sodium and chloride through epithelium, making the secretions thick and viscous.

The first indication of cystic fibrosis are salty skin, poor growth, thick sticky mucus, frequent respiratory infections, persistent cough and shortness of breath. Frequent lungs and sinus infections result from clogging because of the thick sticky mucus, reduce ciliary mobility and inflammation.

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The lungs of persons with cystic fibrosis are infected and colonised with bacteria from an early age. These types of bacteria and their characteristics change and develop in time in persons with cystic fibrosis, because they have a perfect environment in the thick viscous mucus and they develop resistance to commonly used antibiotics.

COPD, on the other hand, includes under its umbrella other chronic respiratory diseases, such as emphysema and chronic bronchitis. COPD stands for "chronic obstructive pulmonary disease" and symptoms include many debilitating symptoms: shortness of breath, cough of thick mucus and poor lung function. In chronic bronchitis the lining of the breathing tubes become inflamed and lots of mucus is being produced and coughed up. With emphysema, the walls of the air sacs in the lungs are broken down and more air is trapped inside. Many people have both, chronic bronchitis and emphysema.

The respiratory complications can be reduced using salt therapy. Hypertonic saline solution is used in hospitals to help in clearing the thick stagnant mucus and avoid infection. The long-term salt aerosol exposure in home salt therapy, provides exposure during the night sleep, when the micro particles of salt slowly deposit on the respiratory mucosa. It helps to make the thick mucus more fluid, unclogs the airways, fight bacteria, viruses and reduces the inflammation.  Using Saltair, home salt therapy device, will create a seashore microenvironment in your own house helping you to breathe better naturally.

For more info, please visit www.HomeSaltTherapy.com or call 519-641-7258

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About Wheezing

Wheezing is a high-pitched whistling like sound made while breathing. Usually wheezing occurs during expiration (breathing out), but it can appear at inspiration (breathing in) as well.

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Wheezing is a result of narrowing of the airways usually due to inflammation or by a physical obstruction. Wheezing is typically accompanied by difficulty breathing or shortness of breath. The narrowing of the airways can be caused by inflammation from asthma, a respiratory infection or an allergic reaction.  A physical obstruction can be from a tumor or a foreign object present in the airways.

The most common cause of recurrent wheezing is asthma. Other possible causes of wheezing can include:

  1. Allergies
  2. Anaphylaxis – that is a very severe allergic reaction to allergenic triggers such as food, insect bite or medication
  3. Asthma
  4. Bronchiolitis
  5. Bronchiectasis
  6. Bronchitis
  7. COPD
  8. Cystic Fibrosis
  9. Emphysema
  10. Epiglottitis (inflammation of the "lid" of your windpipe)
  11. Foreign object in the airways
  12. GERD — Gastroesophageal reflux disease
  13. Heart failure
  14. Lung cancer
  15. Medications such as aspirin
  16. Pneumonia
  17. Pulmonary Fibrosis
  18. Respiratory tract infection
  19. RSV (Respiratory syncytial virus)
  20. Sleep apnea
  21. Smoking
  22. Vocal cord dysfunction
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Home Salt Therapy and Asthma

Hello. We want to talk to you about Saltair Home Salt Therapy. This is a device that improves your breathing and helps clear up your respiratory system, and it’s especially effective if you have asthma or other conditions like bronchitis, COPD or shortness of breath.

Salt therapy is not new; it was used by the ancient Greeks thousands of years ago to help people with respiratory problems. Even during the medieval age, monks would take the sick in salt caves so they could inhale the salt particles. Unlike other asthma treatments that rely solely on anecdotal evidence, there is a growing number of medical institutions that build near these salt caves to take advantage of their healing properties.

If you have got asthma, or other breathing condition, and cannot afford to go to one of these salt caves, you can now try the Saltair device. This is an ultrasonic particle dispenser that uses ultrasonic frequency vibration to convert saline solution into microscopic salt particles. Once they’re converted, they’re released in the air to breathe them. These microscopic salt particles are able to travel deep into your lungs. It kills the bacteria and removes the mucus that make it hard for you to breathe.

Saltair salt therapy

At the same time salt particles also reduce inflammation and act as a humidifier for your respiratory tract. The salt aerosols also clean the air around you, removing dust, viruses and bacteria.

As you can see, the Saltair isn’t that big, and you can put in on your night table, desk or next to a chair while you’re watching TV. It’s also easy to use, as you just have to plug it in during the day or leave it on overnight. You can use this anywhere, but I suggest placing it near your bed at night when you go to sleep. With Saltair on, the salty air is directed at you.

The Saltair covers around 1700 cubic feet, so even if you move around the room you can still breathe the salt particles. However, this isn’t a humidifier and only releases salt for breathing.

Saltair is compliant with the FDA Canada and can be used by anyone with chronic respiratory disease. This is safe for men, women and children, including pregnant women and babies, and it isn’t going to interact with your medication or diet. In fact you can even use this for pets with respiratory problems.

Do you have a baby with runny nose? Just place the Saltair near them, plug the device and it’s going to help them breathe. And you get the same benefits if you’ve got elderly folk living with you with breathing problems. Unlike other asthma treatments, Saltair doesn’t require you to wear a mouthpiece or a mask.

Saltair comes with a free 3 month supply of natural rock salt, a cleaning kit and an instruction manual. It comes in a waterproof keychain pill container so you can bring it with you anywhere you go. 

If you’ve been suffering from asthma and unable to get relief, maybe it’s time you gave Saltair a try. Trust me, you’ll breathe more easily.

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Emphysema: Its Risk Factors

We know smoking is injurious to health. It causes severe injury to lungs and increases its vulnerability to different types of infections. One such smoking induced disorder is the major damage in air sacs in lungs, which makes patients suffer from abruptly shortage of breath. This problem is called emphysema and it is one of the diseases counted in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease group, shortly known as COPD.

damage in emphysema

The symptoms of this lung disorder often remain non-acute, but chronic. People suffering from emphysema mostly suffer from respiratory discomfort, difficulty when exhaling, and recurring irritation due to cough and wheezing. Its symptoms are slowly progressive therefore often remain undetected at its first stage. Learning about its risk factors will help you to avoid its triggers and thus to ensure better protection from this lung disease.

Tobacco smoking

Cigarette smokers are at the great risk of developing emphysema; however, those who smoke pipe or cigar are not spared either. The intensity of the addiction and number of year under the addiction works as the trigger.

Aging increases the risk of infection

Although all smokers are susceptible to this lung disease, people between 40 and 60 years are mostly found at high risk zone for developing the lung trouble.

Exposure to passive smoking

People who are regularly exposed to passive smoking may have developed this infection after a certain time. In this way kids may also be affected by this respiratory problem being induced by passive smoking around.

Occupational exposure to harmful fumes

Those are not typically smoking-addicted but are regularly exposed at fumes of cotton, mining products, grain or woods may develop the problem of emphysema. The risk gets doubled if anyone of these fume-exposed individuals is found smoking addicted.

Exposure to pollution

 Regular and high-degree exposure to harmful pollutants like fumes of fuel, car emission, coal fumes, dust and grime may increase the risk of emphysema infection in an individual.

Knowing the risk factors and maintaining rigorous avoidance of these risk factors is one of the prime methods to build natural resistance to emphysema.

To avoid chronic respiratory diseases such as emphysema, asthma, COPD and others, using home salt therapy is a good start. The salt aerosol helps in strengthening the respiratory mucosa to allergens and help to clean the pollutants from the respiratory system. Maintaining a good hygiene on the respiratory tract is a priority today!

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COPD – Know the Common Triggers

COPD – Know the Common Triggers Causing the Disease

COPD is a common respiratory problem. For some reasons, infliction of this respiratory disease has become a common incident these days and women are found more vulnerable than men in general. Sometimes the indications of this disease are asymptomatic; however sometimes the problem of COPD gets arrested not long since its induction. Early detection of this disease is possible once you know the risk factors and other allied reasons causing this health disorder.

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Causes of COPD – the major risk factors

COPD is medically termed as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. It is mostly a kind of lifestyle disease; rather we can say some unhygienic lifestyle issues may cause COPD. Certain personal habits or impact of environment may increase the chance of infliction of COPD.

  • Chain tobacco smokers are found in high risk category of COPD,
  • Those who suffer from the adverse effect of passive smoking often can get COPD,
  • Frequent exposure to coal and wood smoke may also cause COPD,
  • Patients with chronic problem of hyper sensitivity of respiratory track often become the victims of COPD disease.

Withdrawal from these unhygienic conditions as well as strict avoidance of the risk factors can be a fair solution for reducing the risk of developing COPD.

Other than these lifestyle factors, people with deficiency of alpha-1 antitrypsin are found vulnerable to this respiratory disease.  Due to this deficiency, the elasticity of lung tissues is badly affected and contributes to COPD.

Causes of COPD – Other allied health reasons

There are some other health disorders which may initiate the chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in a patient. According to extensive study and research on the COPD causes, it has been detected that at least there are three non-generic health disorders that may increase the chance of developing COPD in an individual.

Any type of infectious lung disease that is not properly treated and is prolonged may induce the symptoms of COPD in a patient.

Emphysema is one of the allied diseases under the COPD umbrella. Due to this disease the alveoli (air sacs in the lungs) present at the end of the terminal bronchioles of the lungs, get abnormally enlarged and the walls between them can break and large holes or empty spaces can form in the lungs (bullae), greatly impairing breathing.

Chronic bronchitis is often called as chronic cough and individuals suffering from this chronic cough for more than two consecutive years may get diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Those who have low level AAT protein may suffer from lung damage that is caused by other types of proteins called enzymes, which need to be balanced by the AAT protein. When these people with AAT deficiency protein get exposed to lung irritants or smoke frequently, they become more vulnerable to develop COPD.

These are the common causes of COPD, and sincere effort to eliminate these causes and promoting a healthy lifestyle may help to prevent chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Natural treatments such salt therapy can also prevent COPD by providing a good hygiene over the whole respiratory system and improve breathing.

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Common Causes for Shortness of Breath

Feeling breathlessness due to stuffy nose is a common health problem for some of us. While there are multiple reasons behind this issue, we often get confused about finding the right reason causing this discomfort. Although in reality this breathlessness can happen due to multiple reasons, we mostly apprehend asthma as the universal trigger. As a result we fail to get relief if we try self-medication.

The most viable solution for finding the reason behind the problem of shortness of breath is consulting a doctor and to get a thorough medical investigation done. It is commonly observed that some other common reasons exist, which may cause respiratory problems. To be more precise, there are two mechanical processes involved in smooth breathing: one is ventilation and the other is respiration. Problem in any of these two processes may cause breathing problems. Let’s check here what may cause the irregularity.

Cause 1 of shortness of breath: shortage of air supply causes discomfort

When our body demands more air than usual supply it may cause shortness of breath. There are a few common reasons behind this problem. These are

  • Strenuous workout session,
  • Heart attack
  • Sudden shock creating panic,
  • Due to severe infection in body (sepsis)

The common similarity between all these triggers is due to some situation the body suffers from increased demand of oxygen or there is short supply of air. Supplemental oxygen may be one of the most effective remedies but sometimes unless the main reason is treated, patients suffering from shortness of breath cannot get complete relief.

Cause 2 of shortness of breath: inadequate airflow

The problem of inadequate air flow is usually caused due to certain health disorder.This may happen due to certain malfunctioning of organs involved in respiratory system or sometimes some disease may cause this unstable condition of airflow. Common diseases or conditions causing inadequate air supply,

  • Congestion problem like asthma or COPD
  • Swelling of the airways, like pneumonia, congestive heart failure (CHF).
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In both cases immediate medical intervention will restore normalcy.

Cause 3 of shortness of breath: problem in carrying oxygen in bloodstream

Some unusual situations may occur where oxygen cannot reach from lungs to all parts of the body, especially in brain. Mainly two types of health disorders may cause breathing trouble like this unstable condition,

  • Poisoning due to carbon dioxide, which prevents RBC (red blood cells) to hold oxygen from carrying it to the body organs,
  • The problem of severe anemia creates lack of blood cells required to carry oxygen.

Cause 4 of Shortness of Breath: Lack of Oxygen in the Air

Sometimes lack of oxygen in air may cause acute shortness of breath. For instance, in higher altitude due to thinness in air at time it becomes difficult to get adequate supply of oxygen while breathing. Similarly in a confined space, due to inadequate or no supply of fresh air, causes breathing trouble for people staying in this no-oxygen zone.

These are the common reasons for respiratory discomfort. Right medication and medical intervention may ease the discomfort faster.

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Understanding Emphysema

Emphysema is a long-term, chronic disease. People with emphysema have breathing difficulty, especially with exhaling the air out of the lungs. The most common cause for emphysema is smoking and quitting smoking reduces the progression of the disease.

Curios about what you can find in a cigarette, beside trouble breathing?

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Emphysema is part of the chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

What happens in emphysema?

Emphysema is diagnosed when the sensitive walls of the air sacs in the lungs are destroyed and usually it is irreversible; this damage occurs usually because of the toxins in cigarette smoke. The air become trapped in air pockets in the lungs and lungs become enlarged and breathing more difficult. They may break, damage and form scar tissue. During a lung function test, a person with emphysema will show a far longer time in emptying lungs than a person without emphysema.

Emphysema sufferers feel as there is an obstruction in emptying the lungs at exhalation and emphysema is the main form of COPD. The other form of COPD is chronic bronchitis.

Smoking is a major cause of emphysema but is not the only one. The deficiency of Alpha-1 antitrypsin is another cause found in about 3% of people suffering of emphysema, beside second hand smoke, air pollution, factory fumes and silica dust. Alpha-1 antitrypsin is a natural protein that circulates into blood and its main function is to keep the white cell from damaging normal tissue. From normal presence of alpha-1 antitrypsin white cells distinguish between normal tissue and invaders cells in infections.

What are the symptoms in emphysema?

There may be no symptoms for many years, but as disease progresses, shortness of breath (dyspnoea) may slowly develop. In early stages of emphysema dyspnoea may be present only with physical effort and later it may be present at rest as well. There may be recurring infections, pneumonia, chest infections, influenza and cold as the respiratory immunity is compromise.

What is the treatment in emphysema?

Emphysema is not a curable disease. However, symptoms can be relieved and slowed down its progression, with proper treatment.

            Quit smoking – smoking is the main cause and stopping smoking will help considerable to slow down progression

            Bronchodilators – such as Salbutamol, that relieves constriction in the air ways, breathing difficulty and coughing.

            Steroid sprays – helps with shortness of breath; however, they must be used with caution because of the great side effects, especially in long-term usage. Side effects include weakened bones or osteoporosis, elevated blood pressure, weight gain, cataracts and diabetes.

            Antibiotic therapy – recurrent chest infections require repetitive antibiotic treatments. These also have significant side effects in many people and decrease respiratory immunity.

            Natural therapy – Of great use here are natural therapies, such as breathing exercises, rehabilitation techniques and home salt therapy. These help in strengthening the lungs and make breathing easy. The aerosol salt particles in home salt therapy help to clean the excess mucus production, reduce the inflammation and fight bacterial, fungal and viral infections. Offering long-term exposure during night, it reduces the recurring episodes of lung and chest infections and provides quicker recovery from pneumonia. Home salt therapy helps the body's natural healing force to fight better against emphysema and slows the progression of the disease.  

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Smoking? We care about the air you breathe!

Are you curios about the components of a cigarette? Check them below and see where else you can find them… batteries, solvents and cleaning products…?!…
Are you sure you want to breath all these?… in how many cigarettes a day?

However, being your decision we can only help to clean your lungs and get rid of the residual tar and smoking cough using home salt therapy. The salt aerosols help to clear the mucus and other residual tar from smoking, reduce inflammation, fight respiratory infections and maintain a good hygiene over the whole respiratory system. The salt micro particles penetrate deep into the lungs to alveoli and help in a better blood oxygenation. 

Smoking is the main cause of COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease). COPD was the fifth leading cause of death in 2002 and it is estimated that the total deaths from COPD will increase by more than 30% in the next 10 years and becoming the third leading cause of death worldwide by 2030, if no action is taken to reduce the undelying risk factors, mainly tabacco use.

www.SalineTherapy.com – Read more here and Breathe Better Naturally!