Chronic Bronchitis wreaks havoc on the lung’s ability to clean themselves out. One of its hallmarks is thick, sticky mucus. This kind of mucus is made from airways that are continuously inflamed and swollen. In this condition, the airways are narrowed, so it’s not easy for the cilia to sweep mucus out of the lungs.… Continue reading What is Chronic Bronchitis?
The airways in the lungs are lined with a thin, watery mucus blanket. The mucus sits upon tiny, hair-like strands called “cilia.” The cilia and mucus blanket work together to keep the lungs clean and free from infection. The lungs are very clean—even though they are directly connected to the outside air, which is full… Continue reading How Do Lungs Clean Themselves?
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, or COPD, includes respiratory conditions such as chronic bronchitis, emphysema, bronchiectasis, or all three combined. It involves the swelling and inflammation of the airways, which narrows them and produces thick, sticky mucus. These conditions hinder the air in the lungs from being exhaled completely and effectively. This narrowing of the airways… Continue reading What is COPD?
Take Control in 36 Easy Steps Do you have a plan in place for the next time you or your child has an asthma attack? The Expert Panel Report 3 (EPR-3) of the National Asthma Education & Prevention Program (NAEPP) recommends that all asthmatics have a written asthma action plan in place and that the… Continue reading Asthma Attack eGuide