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Healthcare providers warn cold air can be dangerous for lungs

Healthcare providers say the air can pose an extra danger to your lungs and lead to breathing problems (WKRC)

Cincinnati (WKRC) - Another warning as the cold temperatures continue in the Tri-State area: Healthcare providers say the air can pose an extra danger to your lungs and lead to breathing problems.

It's bad enough that we are forced indoors with the colder temperatures. Here in the tristate, that's leading to the rapid spread of viruses and respiratory infections, which can lead to breathing problems for a lot of people.

"You can try and protect yourself, washing your hands well, not coughing on other people if you are ill, and avoiding those people who are currently ill with a respiratory illness," said Dr. Stephen Blatt.

But for those who already have asthma or chronic lung conditions, such as COD, the cold can make breathing complications even worse.

A report released by the Cleveland Clinic today says the cold air is an irritant and those who have these health problems need to be especially vigilant about staying ahead of symptoms.

That means not waiting until you can't breathe to take medications or use inhalers, staying on your medication schedule so airways stay open and you don't chase bad breathing.

It's also important if you have chronic lung problems that you limit time outdoors and cover your nose and mouth for protection when you do need to go outside.

There are fast-acting medications now to open airways. If you have those already, take them with you when you are in and out of the cold these days

If the breathing problems don't ease, make sure you seek proper medical attention.

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