Show Your Lungs Some Love

Looking After Your Lung Health

When it comes to supporting our overall health and wellness, we rarely think of supporting our lung health. The health experts at Ridgecrest Regional Hospital are here to share some tips and tricks to help you take better care of your respiratory health.

Quit Smoking

Smoking cigarettes and using tobacco products is one of the leading causes of lung cancer and other forms of lung disease. Causing chronic inflammation of your lung tissue, smoking can cause your air passages to narrow and leave you more susceptible to lung disease.

One of the easiest ways to support your lung health is to quit smoking. And if you’re a non-smoker, try to limit your exposure to secondhand smoke.

Limit Exposure to Indoor Air Pollutants

Along with secondhand smoke, there are a handful of other indoor air pollutants that can be wreaking havoc on your lung health. Some simple ways you can improve your indoor air quality include:

  • Don’t allow others to smoke in your home or car.
  • Change your air filters regularly.
  • Get your home tested for radon,
  • Check your local forecast for air quality.
  • Buy an air filter for your home.
  • Sweep and vacuum regularly.
  • Avoid using harsh chemicals when cleaning.

Practice Good Personal Hygiene

Another great way to protect your lung health is to practice good personal hygiene. Respiratory infections like the common cold and the seasonal flu have the potential to make you seriously ill. Follow these tips to help minimize your risk of getting sick:

  • Wash your hands with antibacterial soap and clean water.
  • Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Brush your teeth twice daily.
  • Get vaccinated.

At Up-to-Date on Your Checkups

Staying up-to-date on your wellness exams can also help to safeguard your lung health, Like other diseases, early detection is key when it comes to effectively treating health issues that affect your lungs.

Lung Screenings in Ridgecrest, California

At Ridgecrest Regional Hospital, we are now offering low-dose computed tomography (CT) scans to detect earlier onset lung cancer cases for the community members that are high-risk and current and ex-smokers.

To learn more about our Lung Screening Program or schedule an appointment, visit our website or give us a call at (760) 446-3551 (Mon-Fri 8 AM-4:30 PM).