How to prevent respiratory system diseases when living in Georgia

The strong influence of the tobacco industry, increased incidence of allergies, autoimmune diseases and asthma and particularly globally raising air pollution issue represent an extremely hostile environment for our lungs and airways. The quite similar situation is in the state of Georgia, especially if you live in crowded areas where industry and traffic contaminate air with numerous harmful components. There’s no doubt that living as healthy as you can regarding healthy diet, regular physical activity, medical screening examinations and many more useful habits have a protective effect on your respiratory system. However, here are some specific measures to conduct in order to prevent the development of respiratory illnesses.


Quit smoking in any form


You’ve probably heard this one too many times, therefore it probably sounds like a cliché, but people are not realizing the true harmful power of tobacco smoke. This includes smoking tobacco, chewing it or consuming it in any other form, including inhaling these pollutants via passive smoking. This also includes pregnant women exposing their fetuses to tobacco products spread from mother’s lungs to baby’s bloodstream. The strong connection between active or passive smoking and the various respiratory system is undisputed. Most types of lung cancer are directly linked to the tobacco consumption, as well as all forms of obstructive lung diseases. Therefore, eliminating this external factor decreases your risks of respiratory illness significantly.


Early exposure to allergens, but avoiding exposure to pollutants


The official scientific and medical opinion regarding early exposure to allergens has changed completely recently. In an attempt to explain and decrease the growing incidence of respiratory allergies in children, doctors agreed to promote early exposure and early immunization of children’s natural immunity. When it comes to adults, the opinion is the opposite. Avoiding allergens and all sorts of pollutants, including professional exposure to tiny respirable dust particles, is essential to prevent chronic obstructive disease and lung fibrosis.


Antibiotics and vaccination strategy


All doctors and health care providers in Georgia are obligated to conduct scheduled vaccination program which includes immunization and prevention of various respiratory infections. Also, the state is monitoring closely irrational prescribing of antibiotics to viral infections, which is wrong, since it won’t help cure virosis, but it might irritate the respiratory system and trigger future immune hyper reaction and allergies.

Harvey Steward