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A 39-year-old member asked:

how can having a respiratory disease affect your life?

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Dr. Teresa Carson
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Many things: Having a chronic respiratory condition affects overall daily functioning. One cannot do much exertion or be outdoors in any extreme of weather, or in polluted air. Medication can help, but many patients still have some problems at least occasionally.
Dr. Ronald Krauser
Rheumatology 52 years experience
Sometimes: If it is chronic and severe it certainly can. Emphysema and chronic bronchitis are 2 such examples.

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A 34-year-old member asked:

Could a block basement with an old cistern cause respiratory problems?

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Dr. Robert Fink
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Yes: Block basements and old cisterns are often associated with mold growth. Exposure to molds has been associated with a variety of respiratory disorders and should be avoided. Mold grows best in wet areas so it is important to keep basements dry and avoid household water leaks. If visible mold is present in a house it should be removed/treated by an expert.
A 30-year-old member asked:

Severe respiratory symptoms from moving into brand new apartment?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Chemicals: If it is newly painted there may be release of volatile organic compounds (voc's). If newly carpetted; synthetic carpet can release odors from both formaldehyde and voc's. Either of these issues can trigger asthma.
Dr. David Schechter
Family Medicine 37 years experience
air it out, keep windows open when possible, use a fan. Certain plants can absorb the chemicals and help you to breathe easier.
Mar 18, 2013
A 35-year-old member asked:

What do respiratory symptoms have to do with new carpeting?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Triggers asthma: When synthetic carpet is newly laid, it can release odors from formaldehyde and volatile organic compounds which can trigger asthma.
Dr. Safiyya Shabazz
Family Medicine 19 years experience
Pulling up the old carpet can also make dust mites & other allergen airborne again
Mar 18, 2013
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
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Great point.
Mar 18, 2013
A 44-year-old member asked:

What is the respiratory quotient and how does it affect pulmonary function?

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Dr. Srinivas Mummadi
Pulmonology 18 years experience
Not related : Respiratory quotient is a number derived from the equation - amount of carbon dioxide produced divided by amount of oxygen consumed. It is used in some equations to calculate basal metabolic rate and is helpful in pulmonary exercise testing . As such it does not affect an individual's lung function in any manner. Some patients with COPD during hospitalization are put on a low carbohydrate diet.
A 46-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me some tips for a healthy respiratory system?

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Dr. Bob Ourian
Dermatology 26 years experience
Don't smoke: If you smoke, stop smoking. If you don't smoke, don't start.

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