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Old 10-10-2010, 07:04 AM   #1
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Will sea/beach air help lungs?

My newbie is having some issues with sinus,bronchial and lungs. Someone suggested we visit the beach for a week as the air there will help her clear up.

I've never heard this before. I'm off to google it but thought I'd ask here too!

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Old 10-10-2010, 07:20 AM   #2
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Re: Will sea/beach air help lungs?

Most likely it's an old wives tale. I doubt you will find any real evidence that it makes a difference.

Do you have really bad air quality where you live? When I was in Cen CA I always felt a lot better when I went to the beach because the air quality is better, so I felt better.
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Old 10-10-2010, 07:36 AM   #3
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Near the beach the air is more humid and saltier. Get a humidifier and a salt lamp, lol.

It does make some people feel better. Though a beach vacation does sound good, the thing about taking ill people to the beach for the 'healing airs' is about as scientific as malaria being caused by 'bad airs' and we all know how factual that is. I would thank your friend for the advice (try not to snicker or laugh) and tell them you'll keep it in mind. Then just make sure your little one is getting good, clean air right at home. If your doctor thinks a humidifier would help, use one. No need for dragging a tiny one out on a vacation where baby and parents would be even higher stressed though.
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Old 10-10-2010, 07:53 AM   #4
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Re: Will sea/beach air help lungs?

As pp stated, the issue is the higher humidity and salt in the air. I have chronic sinus issues and mild asthma and feel 100% better when we're at the beach, even though I do use a humidifier/vaporizer when the weather is dry.

On the other hand, my MIL has asthma, and she has more trouble at the beach with the higher humidity. So, it really depends on the specific problem.
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Re: Will sea/beach air help lungs?

If it's allergies, that could help. My allergies go away when we go to the beach.
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Old 10-10-2010, 08:42 AM   #6
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Re: Will sea/beach air help lungs?

That salty, humid sea air sure feels good to me, but it is also an altitude thing. moving closer to sea level = change in air pressure. It means the body doesn't have to work as hard to get enough oxygen into and around the body. However, the effect is temporary and after a week or 2, your body will acclimatise, and returning home can often make you feel worse then when you started.
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If it is too windy it won't.
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If it's allergies, that could help. My allergies go away when we go to the beach.
Mine too. I grew up at the Beach so didn't realize this till I was an adult. Now I suffer with Allergies and a trip to the beach really is a breath of fresh air.
The Victorians believed it wholeheartedly, and built numerous beautiful beach resort around the UK to cater to there need for sea air.
It's worth a try.
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I would try a chiro trained and experienced in infants before packing everyone off on vaca!
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Old 10-10-2010, 09:46 AM   #10
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Re: Will sea/beach air help lungs?

I don't know where you are, but we visited a lot of beach towns this summer and it was cold, even in August! This time of year it's rainy and kind of miserable.

Now if you're not planning on visiting the Pacific Northwest, it might be okay.
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