8 Tips For Protecting Your Lungs From Unhealthy Air

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Having spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), you’ll might need to protect your lungs from being further irritated by unhealthy air. We’ve put together a list of ways to help protect your lungs against unhealthy air using information from the American Lung Association.

Check the daily air pollutant forecasts. 
There are sites on the internet and cellphone apps where you can find out the levels of air pollution in your local area. Checking these daily can help you plan your week, helping you avoid being outside or limit your time outside when the pollution levels are high.

Try both indoor and outdoor exercise. 
If pollutions levels are high then avoid exercising outside. Either visit your local gym or exercise at home. Try not to exercise in places where there is a high level of traffic—traffic fumes can pollute areas up to a third of a mile away.

Many children with type 1 and type 2 SMA suffer from breathing difficulties due to the weakened muscles in the rib cage and diaphragm.

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