Lifestyle and home remedies

By Mayo Clinic Staff

If you're recovering from ARDS, the following suggestions can help protect your lungs:

  • Quit smoking. If you smoke, seek help to quit, and avoid secondhand smoke whenever possible.
  • Quit alcohol. Alcohol can relax the portion of your upper airway that keeps foreign material from entering your lungs (aspiration).
  • Get vaccinated. The yearly flu (influenza) shot, as well as the pneumonia vaccine every five years, can reduce your risk of lung infections.
Dec. 06, 2014