Category: Lung Diseases

Upper respiratory tract infection

The term upper respiratory tract infection, or URTI, refers to acute infections that affect the nose, sinuses, pharynx, larynx, trachea and bronchi. The common cold generally involves a runny nose, nasal congestion and sneezing. You can also have a sore throat, cough, headache or other symptoms. More than 200 viruses can cause a cold. The […]

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Symptoms and signs of URTI

Upper respiratory symptoms usually begin to develop between 1 and 3 days after exposure. Symptoms of upper respiratory tract infection in adults usually include :• Nasal congestion• Sneezing• Fever• Cough• Body aches• Sore throat• post nasal drainage• discomfort• Wheezing

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Asthma

Asthma is a common chronic lung disease that affects the function and the lining of the airways or the tubes of the lungs. This narrows the airways and makes breathing difficult. A person with asthma has difficulty breathing due to inflammation and narrowing of the airways. Asthma symptoms are caused by an increased sensitivity of […]

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Causes of Asthma

Asthma can be caused by a combination of factors including the environment, genetics and biology. Asthma is caused by an immune response. The immune system overreacts to triggers and causes the airways to become inflamed and tight.Possible triggers of an asthma attack in a person with asthma include :• Viral Disease• Cold weather• The dry […]

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Risk Factors and Asthma

Factors that may increase your risk for asthma include :• A family member who has asthma• History of wheezing or asthma as a child• Regularly breathing in cigarette smoke• Regularly breathing in industrial and agricultural chemicals• History of multiple respiratory infections during childhood• Obesity• Having allergies• His mother smoked during pregnancy

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Asthma symptoms

The following are the main symptoms of asthma :• Wheezing Cough• Chest pain• Tightness in the chest• The production of excess mucus• Shortness of breath• Cough• Low tolerance for exercise , difficulty keeping up with peersSome people have all these symptoms of asthma. Others have only one or a few only. Symptoms often worsen in […]

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Asthma Diagnostic tests and exams

The doctor will ask about your symptoms and medical history. The diagnosis of asthma begins with a medical history and physical examination.• Pulmonary function tests are simple breathing tests, which are often used to measure respiratory limitations. Some may show air trapped in the lungs. Your doctor may do some tests to measure lung function. […]

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Asthma Prevention

There are no guidelines for preventing asthma because the cause is unknown. No vaccines or other treatments that can prevent asthma, but some measures can help prevent asthma flare-ups. However, you can help prevent asthma attacks by avoiding things that trigger attacks. Triggers can vary from person to person, but some general guidelines include: • […]

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Asthma Treatment

The goal of treatment is to avoid the substances that trigger your symptoms and control airway inflammation . You and your doctor should work together as a team to develop and implement a plan for eliminating asthma triggers and monitoring symptoms . There are two basic kinds of medication for treating asthma :     Long-acting […]

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