Lungs and Airways

Status Asthmaticus (Severe Asthma Attacks) Causes, Prevention

About 1 in 10 Americans suffer with asthma and it has become more common in the past 20 years. While asthma is thought of as a childhood disease, it can continue and even start up in adulthood. Asthma attacks affects about half of all asthmatics and is more common in people with poorly managed asthma. Children are more >> Read More ...

Pulmonary Sarcoidosis (Lungs) Causes, Symptoms, Treatment

What is pulmonary sarcoidosis? Pulmonary sarcoidosis is an inflammatory condition where abnormal tissue forms in the lungs. Often the lymph nodes within the chest cavity are also affected. This abnormal tissue is known as a granuloma and is the type of tissue that arises when the body tries to wall off an infection. >> Read More ...

Chest Congestion – Meaning, Causes, Symptoms, Treatment

Although chest congestion may be a common symptom with conditions like a common cold or seasonal flu, it can be caused by various other diseases which could be dangerous. Without proper management, some cases of chest congestion can progress to certain complications. At times these complications can be >> Read More ...

Barking Cough, Causes in Children and Adults

Coughing is common symptom seen with many different diseases, especially respiratory tract infections. It occurs as episodes with conditions like the common cold or flu and if there are no complications such as bronchitis it may resolve within a few days to a week. There are different types of cough and sometimes the sound >> Read More ...

Pain Between Breasts (Cleavage Pain) Causes and Video

The area between the breasts, commonly referred to as the cleavage in women, is where the breastbone lies. It is covered by connective tissue and skin. The breastbone plays an important role firstly in acting as a ‘shield’ against any external force as well as serving as point where the collarbone (clavicle) >> Read More ...

Choking on Mucus (Phlegm, Sputum) Causes

Mucus is produced the entire length of the digestive tract as well as the respiratory tract but most of the time we do not notice it. The color, consistency and volume of mucus can vary to some extent but when it becomes excessive it can be both annoying and uncomfortable. Excessive mucus can even impair out quality of >> Read More ...

Hard to Breathe (Nose, Throat, Chest) Causes, Symptoms

Humans have to source oxygen from the environmental air in order to survive. First air has to be drawn into the body until the oxygen can be extracted in the lungs. Then the air with carbon dioxide added to it from within the body is passed out into the environment. This is a simple concept that we all understand. However, >> Read More ...

Fungal Pneumonia (Lung Infection) Causes, Symptoms, Treatment

What is fungal pneumonia? Fungal pneumonia is a lung infection caused by fungi. Pneumonia is a common infectious disease and the leading cause of death from an infection in the developing world. Most pneumonias  are caused by viruses or bacteria. Fungal pneumonias on the other hand are rare. It is usually a problem for >> Read More ...

Coughing Up Vomit and Digested Food Causes

Coughing and vomiting are two different process, with coughing involving the respiratory tract while vomiting originates in the digestive tract. However, it is possible for one to trigger or cause the other. Sometimes the same irritant that causes the coughing can also lead to vomiting, and while separate processes it may >> Read More ...

Painful Breathing (Inhale, Exhale) Causes and Symptoms

The act of breathing (respiration) should not be uncomfortable or painful. At times we all feel some breathing discomfort with indigestion or upper body muscular pain after a strenuous workout. In these cases, soreness or even pain when breathing is not considered to be a problem and often resolves without any treatment. >> Read More ...
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