Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) refers to various chronic lung diseases. Diseases including asthma, emphysema, chronic bronchitis, etc., have symptoms like increased breathlessness, dry coughing, wheezing, and the feeling of tightness in the chest. There are environmental, genetic and behavioral factors that cause COPD. Environments that have extensive amounts of dust, or fumes and chemical-filled environments encourage the disease. Genetically, some people are more prone than others to getting COPD when exposed to these types of environments. On a behavioral level, smoking causes harm to the lungs and people who consistently expose their lungs to smoke usually end up with COPD at some point in their lives.
Try Your Best to Avoid Occupational Dangers
If you work in an environmentally unfriendly place that is laden with chemicals, fumes, dust and other toxic substances, you need to do your best to protect your health because studies have shown that such environments are connected to COPD. For example, miners mining gold and cadmium have higher rates of COPD and other studies have shown that nineteen percent of COPD cases is caused by toxic environmental exposure. If the pollutants in your work environment happen to be unavoidable, take protective measures like wearing a dust mask, gloves, safety goggles, etc. and ensure you wear them on a consistent basis. Do your research and learn what protective measures are best suited for your line of work.