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Kathi MacNaughton

Health Professional

Kathi is an experienced consumer health education writer, with a prior career in nursing that spanned more than 30 years — much of it in the field of home health care. Over the past 15 years, she's been an avid contributor for a number of consumer health websites, specializing in asthma, allergy, and COPD. She writes not only as a healthcare professional, but also as a lifelong sufferer of severe allergies and mild asthma, and as a caregiver for her mother with COPD.

Latest by Kathi MacNaughton

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COPD in Non-Smokers

Most people diagnosed with COPD are current or past smokers, however, a small percentage of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease cases occur in people who never smoked.

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Better Breathing with COPD

Quitting smoking is the best thing you can do for yourself after being diagnosed with COPD. You won’t be able to reverse years of airway damage overnight. But you can greatly slow the progression of this disease and improve your health overall by no ...

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10 Tips for Coping with COPD

When you have a chronic condition like COPD, life can be difficult. But, you can adapt and take charge of managing your COPD by paying attention to the following tips.

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5 Tips for Getting Restful Sleep with COPD

When you have COPD, getting enough rest is essential. Of course, even people without COPD need sleep, but people who suffer from COPD use up much greater energy resources just to get through the day. So, when they do go to bed, they need to know they...

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A New Type of Food Allergy

People with asthma and nasal allergies, especially, need to be aware of this inflammatory condition of the esophagus, also known as EoE.

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6 Smart Ways to Keep Up With Your Medication

Busy schedules and health costs may keep us from taking medications the right way. Try these six easy solutions.

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Nebulizers - An Alternative for Asthma Treatment & Control?

Most people who have asthma respond well to treatment that includes an inhaled steroid medication, along with an “as needed” rescue inhaler, which is a broncodilator. In most cases, these medications are delivered via small handheld devices called ei...

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COPD Inhalers: Understanding the Different Types

The GOLD* standard for treating COPD is to use handheld inhalers to deliver needed medication. Sometimes the medication is used to control and prevent symptoms of COPD. Other times the medication is used to relieve a worsening of symptoms, which is c...

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Should You Use Antihistamines or Decongestants?

Choosing the right types of medicines to treat the symptoms of your nasal allergies can be a tricky business.

Learn to Breathe Better with COPD

Learn to Breathe Better with COPD

Did you know that COPD is the third leading cause of death in the United States now? And that despite that fact, millions of people have never even heard of COPD or understand what it is? That’s right, 1 out of every 3 Americans remain unaware of COP...