Heat + Humidity = Harder to Breathe (credit: The Lung Association, Pure Living Blog, The Washington Post)
Photo: Credit to The Lung Association.
DISCUSSION: In a previous article, I explained how inhaling cold, dry air constricts airways and makes it harder to breathe. The same can be said for hot, humid air. The sticky, stuffy air can make everything from breathing to sleeping a challenge.
Your body is always using energy just to breathe and working to maintain a normal body temperature. Being exposed to extreme heat and humidity causes your body to use extra energy to remain cool. People with asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease notice these negative effects the most.
Extreme heat can cause the air to become stagnant which traps pollutants in the air. The moisture in the air helps with the absorption of oxygen. Warm, moist air is also the perfect environment for mold to spread and dust mites to grow and multiply. All of these factorsmake it hard to breathe.
Respiratory issues or not, here are some tipsto project your lungs on hot, humid days in the final days of summer:
Humans are not the only mammals that get overheated and find breathing a challenge on hot and humid days. Actually, animals have their own techniques to beat the heat. If you find your pets being sluggish or acting different on hot, muggy days, make sure they are doing these things:
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