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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.

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 cough? Wh...
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
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 (e.g. Rhinitis ...
4 Apr 2018
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
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 . You see, somet...
14 Apr 2018
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 include blood t...
7 Dec 2018
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
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
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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