There are many household pollutants that can aggravate COPD symptoms, so improving your home’s air quality is vital if you or a loved one is living with COPD. However, there may be a silent danger in your home that can affect more than just COPD sufferers.
Radon is a colorless, odorless, tasteless, and naturally occurring radioactive gas that can seep into the home through cracks or holes in basement walls and floors. It is believed to be the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking, and if you’ve been exposed for a long period of time, your risk for lung issues could increase greatly.
Radon test kits are available at hardware stores, and more information about testing and protecting your home can be found at www.epa.gov/radon. Aunt Ann’s Home Care understands the importance of ensuring the air quality in the home of a COPD patient is clean and clear. If you or someone you know requires assistance with managing COPD symptoms at home, contact us in San Francisco (415) 974-3530 or the Peninsula (650) 757-2000.