COPD & Your Home: 9 Health Risks

household risks copd( — Tobacco smoke contains more than 4,000 chemicals, including 43 that are known to cause cancer. No wonder it poses as an enormous threat to the lungs of people with COPD. But those are not the only threats to people with COPD. Many homes harbor dust, fumes, germs, and other irritants that aggravate symptoms like wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath, and chest tightness. You might be surprised at some of the things around the house that can cause trouble.

Here are nine household hazards for people with COPD:

1. Air Ducts Filled With Dust

The forced-air heating and cooling systems found in many homes can blow dust and other irritants throughout the house. Cleaning the air ducts periodically can help alleviate this problem.