Lungs and Airways

When Is A Cough Serious And Needs Medical Attention?

A little sniffle, slight cough or a mild sore throat are some of the common symptoms we tend to ignore at the outset. But just when do we take these symptoms seriously? In the ideal situation, we should seek immediate medical care but this is not always necessary or feasible in the current economic environment. Therefore >> Read More ...

Ways in Which Cigarette Smoking Can Kill You

Cigarette smoking is one of the most dangerous lifestyle habits yet in 1 in 5 American adults are smokers. Fortunately the number of smokers has declined since the 1970s but cigarette smoking continue to be a major contributor to a host of diseases, several of which are life threatening. Understanding how cigarette smoking >> Read More ...

Berylliosis (Berylllium Lung Disease)

What is berylliosis? Berylliosis is type of lung disease caused by inhaling beryllium. It only affects a small proportion of people exposed to beryllium and is mainly seen among beryllium workers. Beryllium is a metal that is not commonly encountered in everyday life . Therefore berylliosis is primarily an occupational >> Read More ...

Silo Filler’s Disease (Silo Gas Inhalation)

Definition Silo filler’s disease is a condition caused by inhaling toxic levels of oxides of nitrogen gas. It is primarily an occupational disease associated with working in farm silos where crops are stored. It should not be confused with farmer’s lung, another occupational disease seen in farm workers but >> Read More ...

Tobbacco Worker’s Lung

Definition Tobacco worker’s lung is a condition marked by lung inflammation and subsequent scarring in the air sacs due to inhaling molds present in tobacco. It is not a lung infection but rather an immune reaction within the lungs to these molds. It is a type of hypersensitivity pneumonitis or extrinsic allergic >> Read More ...

Aspiration Pneumonia – Meaning, Causes, Symptoms, Treatment

Definition Aspiration pneumonia is a condition where foreign material enters the lower airways thereby causing inflammation of the lung. It can result in chemical damage of the lung tissue or a lung infection. The term aspiration pneumonia is usually reserved for a lung infection, mainly bacterial, where the bacteria >> Read More ...

Farmer’s Lung

What is farmer’s lung? Farmer’s lung is an inflammatory disorder of the lung caused by an immune reaction. It is not an infection but more of an allergic reaction. Farmer’s lung is one type of hypersensitivity pneumonitis associated with an occupational hazard. In farmer’s lung, the reaction arises >> Read More ...

Foreign Body Aspiration (Object Blocking the Airways)

What is foreign body aspiration? Foreign body aspiration is a medical emergency that arises when an object enters the airways. Depending on the size of the object, either a solid or semi-solid, it may obstruct the airways. A significant or complete obstruction can be life-threatening within minutes. Smaller objects may >> Read More ...

Respiratory Acidosis (Carbon Dioxide Blood Acidity)

Respiratory Acidosis Definition Respiratory acidosis refers to the condition in which body fluids, especially the blood, become too acidic due to higher than normal levels of carbon dioxide. It is an indication that breathing (ventilation) is not adequately expelling the carbon dioxide from the body. There are a number of >> Read More ...

Legionnaires’ Disease (Legionellosis)

Legionnaire’s Disease Definition Legionnaires’ disease (LD), also known as legionellosis, is a severe form of lung infection producing pneumonia-like symptoms. Legionnaires’ disease is a water-borne disease caused by Legionella pneumophila bacteria. Legionnaires’ disease is contracted by inhaling >> Read More ...
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