chest and lung

AsthmaChest & Lung
October 8, 2018

New asthma treatments for better control

Asthma is a chronic disease that affects your airways, making it difficult to breathe. With asthma, your air passages are temporarily narrowed, either by inflammation or increased mucus production. This affects the amount of oxygen that travels in and out of your lungs. Common symptoms include coughing, shortness of breath, wheezing and chest tightness. Triggers for asthma include sinusitis, cold and flu, allergens like mould and spores, tobacco, weather changes (e.g. cold air), irritants like perfumes, strong emotions like stress and anxiety, and medication like aspirin. With treatment, you can live with this condition, but asthma that’s not treated properly…
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September 19, 2018

Weed is legal now. Here’s What you need to know

Today, the court legalized private use and possession of weed (cannabis / ‘dagga’) for South Africans. What exactly is legal? You can now grow cannabis in “a private place”. You can smoke weed in the privacy of your home. What is still illegal? You cannot sell weed to anyone, in any form. You cannot smoke weed in public. So, we can smoke as much weed as we want to, as long as we're at home? Not quite. This is only the first ruling in the process. In the next 2 years, Parliament needs to sort out the following details: *…
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Chest & Lung
September 18, 2018

What is COPD?

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is an umbrella term we use to describe any progressive lung disease. It includes chronic bronchitis, stubborn, unmanageable or severe asthma and emphysema. Chronic: It’s a long-term condition and doesn’t go away. Obstructive: Your airways are narrowed, which makes it harder to breathe out quickly. Pulmonary: It affects your lungs. Disease: It’s a medical condition. Symptoms The most common symptoms of COPD are breathlessness (a “need for air”), chronic cough, and mucus production. COPD develops slowly and becomes apparent after the age of 40 or 50 years. As the condition gradually worsens, your usual activities like…
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Chest & LungTuberculosis
September 17, 2018

The differences between TB and pneumonia

These two conditions have similar symptoms, but they are very different! Here’s what you need to know. Signs and symptoms It's not possible to diagnose TB or pneumonia, without some investigations, like x-rays and sputum tests. They can look very similar, with coughing, weakness, and fever, but here are some of the main symptoms to look out for in each condition: Tuberculosis Pneumonia Chest pain, or pain with breathing and coughing Sweating A fever higher in the afternoon Chest pain Sweating excessively at night. Tiredness Night chills Shortness of breath Tiredness that gets worse as the day goes on Cough Weight…
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AsthmaChest & Lung
August 10, 2018

These foods can make your asthma worse

If you have asthma, it’s important to always be aware of your triggers and find ways of avoiding them. Your triggers aren’t limited to just your environment. It’s worth taking a look at your diet. Having asthma puts you at an increased risk of having a food allergy which can cause asthma symptoms. In some people, exercising after eating an allergy-causing food leads to asthma symptoms. Not everyone will react the same way to the same foods. So, watch your reaction to particular foods and avoid them if necessary. Some of the foods that may cause an allergic reaction: eggs…
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Exercise, Fitness & Muscle
August 9, 2018

How your breathing affects your workout

Did you know you can improve your health just by learning how to breathe properly? Correct breathing improves your health and fitness by optimising oxygenation (the addition of oxygen in your body), lowering your blood pressure, reducing stress and balancing your nervous systems. Breathing properly can also help lower the stress hormones, adrenaline and cortisol, and release mood-boosting hormones like serotonin. This can improve your athletic performance, mental focus and enhance brain health. Are you breathing correctly? During your workout, breathe through your nose to help you improve performance, endurance, post-exercise energy levels, and even your ability to metabolise fat.…
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Symptoms, Aches & Pains
June 18, 2018

5 reasons you’re coughing constantly

It's annoying to sit next to someone who just keeps coughing. What's worse, is when that someone is you. The coughing reflex has an important purpose, but what do you do when it doesn't go away? When you cough, you bring up mucous and harmful substances from your airways: it keeps your airways clear, so you can get oxygen into your lungs. You could also cough if you're i'll, and your lungs secrete mucous to get rid of the germs. Most coughs only last for a few days or weeks and then you feel better, but when . If your…
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Chest & Lung
March 7, 2018

How to prevent lung infections

Our lungs are incredible organs: they allow us to inhale oxygen, literally filling our blood with the breath of life. Oxygen is the one thing we need to keep the cells in our body alive. We can only get oxygen through our lungs, so if we have any lung-condition, from asthma, bronchitis, tuberculosis to pneumonia, it can become very dangerous - even fatal - if not treated. How do you get it? The natural environment of your lungs is moist which makes it easy for bacteria and viruses to get in. Whether you’re catching public transport or driving along the…
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April 16, 2017

Dealing with childhood asthma

Globally, more than 80 percent of childhood asthma starts before age five. It’s more common in boys and in children who have allergies or come from allergic families. Asthma affects about one in every 10 children. Diagnosing asthma in infants and toddlers can be difficult as many children wheeze and suffer frequent colds, especially if they go to a crèche or daycare where they continually pick up germs and viruses. Some children also have naturally smaller airways. This may be a result of inherited factors, smoking by the mother during pregnancy, maternal viral illness during pregnancy or if the child…
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