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Lungs

Lung doctors are specially trained in diseases and conditions of the chest, particularly pneumonia, asthma, tuberculosis, emphysema, and complicated chest infections.

Overview

Medication is the most important treatment of most diseases of pulmonology, either by inhalation (bronchodilators and steroids) or in oral form (antibiotics, leukotriene antagonists).

A common example being the usage of inhalers in the treatment of inflammatory lung conditions such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Oxygen therapy is often necessary in severe respiratory disease (emphysema and pulmonary fibrosis). When this is insufficient, the patient might require mechanical ventilation.

Thank you for your enquiry. A common cold is caused by a virus and the symptoms that you've just described, "sore throat, fever, cough, runny nose and muscle ache", are very suggestive of a cold. However, in the early stages, bacterial sinusitis can also present in a similar fash...
10 Jul 2019
Cough is a body protective mechanism in response to agents which are irritating to the airway. As such, any fumes, dust, food or fluid that accidentally enter the airway may trigger a coughing fit. In acid reflux related cough, the most helpful clue is a feeling of stomach conten...
9 Jul 2019
Wheezing is a clinical symptom which is a result of breathing through narrowed or inflamed airways. The most common causes of wheezing are: Asthma Allergies and allergic responses Blockage by a foreign body Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD...
7 Jul 2019
Smoking reduces blood flow and reduces the ability of your immune system to tackle infections . Both of these important functions will be impaired if you are recovering from a dental surgical procedure (such as an extraction). Smokers are at increased risk of developing a dry socket (Where ...
1 Jul 2019
Thank you for your question. The throat can be medically divided into the pharynx and larynx. The pharynx is broadly divided into three parts: Nasopharynx (the area at the back of your nose) Oropharynx (the area behind your mouth) Hypopharynx (the throat area just around...
30 Jun 2019
Hi, Some uncommon causes of such pain, after ruling out more threatening causes, include costochondritis ( pain being more in front) and slipping rib syndrome ( pain being more at the side). Muscular causes may be considered in event there was any prior trauma. While it may be managed with medica...
4 Apr 2019
There are several possibilities. Allergies may cause these symptoms and are usually accompanied by rashes, swelling of the eyes or lips or face. Other possibilities also include acid reflux which can cause a sensation of breathlessness, accompanied by burping and heartburn. Mo...
5 Mar 2019
There are many reasons that smoking is detrimental to health, including an increased risk of lung cancer, increased risk of thrombosis (clots) in the heart and legs and unfortunately, for most is additive. It also increases the risk of developing chronic airways diseases. Th...
9 Feb 2019
Thanks for your question - it is certainly a common problem for people who have been experiencing a chronic cough and is mainly due to an overload of the intercostal muscles, or in more severe cases, a localised stress reaction of the bone. Often, there are no externally visible ...
1 Feb 2019
Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that affects the lining of the lung called the pleura. The usual risk factor includes exposure to asbestos. Because of this, the timeline for development of this cancer from time of exposure is usually very long( usually in terms of decades after)...
16 Dec 2018
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