When you have mesothelioma or another form of lung cancer, managing your day-to-day condition is already difficult.
It only gets harder when summer starts. While cold weather can also present problems for those suffering from lung conditions, the heat and air pollution that come with midsummer is definitely no picnic.
Things you can do to manage your symptoms in the summer
If you spent the majority of your winter stuck inside, you may be looking forward to getting out and about this summer. To help you cope with your condition, take the following steps:
- Get a weather app on your phone (and use it). Most apps have an “air quality” feature that will warn you if the pollution levels are dangerous for people with lung conditions.
- Hire someone for the yard work. Pollen, clover and cut grass are all problematic for people with lung issues. Even if you have a riding mower, it’s time to turn the job over to someone else.
- Skip the citronella candles and aerosol bug sprays. Again, you want to avoid any strong scents or chemicals that could irritate your lungs when you breathe. Stick to lotions, long-sleeved clothing and similar measures to deal with insect life when you’re outdoors.
- Wear a mask and be picky about your company. Doctors say that the summer cold season is going to be fierce this year, so don’t hesitate to wear a face mask when you’re out in public. It’s also wise to limit your exposure to large crowds of people.
If you’re a victim of mesothelioma, you need to take all the steps you can to minimize your health problems and preserve your quality of life. It may also help to learn more about your legal options for compensation.