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Husband has COPD due to black lung and thinking of moving from va to fl. How would living near the ocean affect his lungs. Husband use to live near a creek and his physician told him to move.

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Dr. Donald Alves
Emergency Medicine

In brief: Visit Fl (&Az) first

If not hi-humidity where are now in va, don't up-n-move just yet.
Wait for "worst" time of year for his symptoms, likely mid-summer, & go visit fl. It is likely more humid, which might help, but may worsen his symptoms. Might also try opposite end & visit s/w us (az/nm...) in summer & see if dry is better for his situation.

In brief: Visit Fl (&Az) first

If not hi-humidity where are now in va, don't up-n-move just yet.
Wait for "worst" time of year for his symptoms, likely mid-summer, & go visit fl. It is likely more humid, which might help, but may worsen his symptoms. Might also try opposite end & visit s/w us (az/nm...) in summer & see if dry is better for his situation.
Dr. Donald Alves
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Dr. Alan Ertle
Internal Medicine

In brief: Black

Black lung is cause by the long term inhalation of coal dust and can impair the ability of the lung to function normally to get oxygen into the body and carbon dioxide out of the body.
Those affected by black lung can have cough and shortness of breath. The main advantage of living near the ocean is related to altitude. For example, if someone with pulmonary problems moved from denver, colorado at 5, 000 feet above sea level moved to florida, they may find that they are less short of breath with the same level of activity. However, if there is not much change in altitude, then the difference would be minor and there may not be much benefit. One must also consider the quality of the air. In general, the closer one is to the ocean, the air quality is better with less pollution, however, one must be very close to the ocean. The air quality can significantly suffer in some major cities just a few miles from the shore.

In brief: Black

Black lung is cause by the long term inhalation of coal dust and can impair the ability of the lung to function normally to get oxygen into the body and carbon dioxide out of the body.
Those affected by black lung can have cough and shortness of breath. The main advantage of living near the ocean is related to altitude. For example, if someone with pulmonary problems moved from denver, colorado at 5, 000 feet above sea level moved to florida, they may find that they are less short of breath with the same level of activity. However, if there is not much change in altitude, then the difference would be minor and there may not be much benefit. One must also consider the quality of the air. In general, the closer one is to the ocean, the air quality is better with less pollution, however, one must be very close to the ocean. The air quality can significantly suffer in some major cities just a few miles from the shore.
Dr. Alan Ertle
Dr. Alan Ertle
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