Kathi  MacNaughton

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 Articles by Kathi MacNaughton

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Tips for Staying Allergy-Free Over the 4th of July

The annual birthday celebration for the United States is this weekend. Follow these tips to stay healthy over the 4th of July, so you can enjoy all your planned fun outdoor and family activities. Allergy Triggers Are Lurking in All the Fun Places Pla...

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Outdoor Mold Allergy: Top Tips on the Seasonal Allergen

Outdoor mold is one of the more common instigators of allergy symptoms. Find out where it’s found and how to treat it!

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Does Salt Therapy for Allergies, Sinusitis, and Asthma Work?

Let’s face it… most of us hate the idea of putting medicine, a man-made chemical substance, into our bodies. Plus the fact that medicine costs money. And when you have a chronic illness like allergies and/or asthma, having to take medicine for the re...

St. John's Bridge in Portland, Oregon

Best Places to Live in the U.S. if You Have Allergies

Twice a year, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America analyzes the best and worst places to live in the U.S. with allergies. Twice every year the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America analyzes a variety of factors to come up with the worst pl...

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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...