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ALS Worldwide

Dealing With Congestion

September 28, 2017

Congestion, the build-up of fluid or “swollen tissue” in the body—particularly the lungs and/or nasal cavities—poses great risk for ALS patients.  The decreased ability of the diaphragm makes it difficult to sneeze out the excess mucus or cough up phlegm.  Mucus and phlegm both contain bacteria and attract more bacteria.  If left unaddressed, they can lodge in the lower lobes of the lungs and ultimately cause pneumonia, one of the three leading causes of death a month those with ALS. Continue Reading