What can I do to help my breathing and reduce my coughing?
If you smoke, the most important thing you can do is to stop. The more smoke you breathe in, the more it damages your lungs. If you stop smoking, you'll breathe better, you won't cough as much and your lungs will begin to heal. You'll also reduce your chance of getting lung cancer. Ask your doctor to help you stop smoking.
Try to avoid other things that can irritate your lungs, such as aerosol products like hairspray, spray deodorant and spray paint. Also avoid breathing in dust or chemical fumes. To protect your lungs, wear a mask over your nose and mouth if you are using paint, paint remover, varnish or anything else with strong fumes.
Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff