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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.

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
Dear Wesley Thank you for your question - and a great one it is! My colleagues have given you excellent answers and I certainly wont repeat them, but the one thing I might add is it might be worth seeing a respiratory/sports physician who is experienced with runners . Y...
14 Apr 2018
Dear James, Thank you for your question. Cough is a reflex that protects your upper airway from foreign materials and irritants. However, when persistent, it can be a troublesome symptom. The cause of a chronic or prolonged cough can range from conditions arising from the nose (...
4 Apr 2018
Hi Speranza, It can be quite common for a cough to persist for a while, after recovering from bronchitis. As for the next steps to take, you may want to check out these 2 similar questions that were previously answered by our colleagues here: How do I get rid of a persistent ...
9 May 2018
Dear ali8, Thank you for your question. I’m sorry to hear that your mother is suffering from a prolonged and problematic cough which can be a complex condition. Cough, is a reflex that protects your upper airway and lungs from irritants such as excessive mucous and forei...
26 Jan 2018
Dear Panda I am sorry to hear about your symptoms. Essentially, the clinician would take a thorough medial history, examine you and then determine if further investigations are needed. This might include a chest X-ray and ECG in the first instance and further tests might inc...
7 Dec 2018
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