I once heard that cold air was harsh on the lungs, but never really thought about it until the past couple of weeks. My class starts at 7:30 in the morning, which requires me to walk a long distance across campus, in the dark, and in forty-five degree weather. By the time I arrived at my building, I was gasping, and realized that it didn’t matter how many times I took a deep breath, the cold air wasn’t helping. So, after some research I found that it is true! Cold air is super harsh on our lungs (our noses turn red from trying to warm it up before it hits our lungs), but with PH I don’t breathe through my nose when walking since its kind of a workout. I breathe through my mouth. Cold weather for people with any lung condition is extra harsh. We need that warm air because with cold air, it causes bronchial-constriction which leaves our chest feeling extra tight, we breathe harder, and sometimes even cough. Well, doesn’t that just suck.
However!! Take these ridiculously simple steps in order to help your breathing when you venture out into the cold.
You don’t have to look like a Eskimo, but a chic scarf (an infinity one, or regular) draped around your neck looks completely stylish and normal. How does this help my breathing? When walking outside, take the front part of the scarf by your face, and pull it up over your mouth and nose like a mask. You might look like a serial killer, but a cute and stylish one at that. It’ll keep the air you’re breathing in warm and moist, and make a quick walk outside a whole lot easier. You shouldn’t be gasping after this trick!
I’m a coffee addict, and this is totally a little white girl suggestion, but when you’re walking in the cold not only does it taste yummy, but coffee (or hot tea) will of course warm you right up. It sounds ridiculous, but I had time to bring coffee with me to class, and it worked. However, take care of your coffee breath. hahaha.
I know this consisted of two suggestions, but hey, try them and surely it’ll help your lungs in dealing with the cold. Other than these walks, you shouldnt be out in the cold anyways!! Anyways, stay warm, and keep breathing. There is still time to get your contest question in at your chance to win a shirt! Check out the contest tab for more info! 🙂