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  • Sep 2018

    What are the early signs of COPD?

    Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) refers to a group of lung diseases that cause breathing difficulties. COPD tends to get worse over time, so early detection and treatment are essential. Early signs and symptoms include coughing, excess mucus production, shortness of breath, and tiredness. Learn more here.

  • Sep 2018

    How to cope with COPD fatigue

    Chronic obstructive lung disease (COPD) makes breathing difficult, which can impact on a person's energy levels and lead to fatigue. People with COPD can improve how much energy they have and reduce fatigue with lifestyle changes, including breathing exercises, eating well, and exercising regularly. Learn more here.

  • Sep 2018

    What are the health risks of hookah smoking?

    A hookah is a type of water pipe people use for smoking flavored tobacco. While many people believe using a hookah is safer than smoking cigarettes, it has many of the same health risks. In this article, learn about whether hookah is bad for you and what its effects on the body are. We also debunk several common myths.

  • Sep 2018

    What are the complications of COPD?

    COPD is a chronic condition that can worsen over time. Possible complications of COPD include pneumonia, acute respiratory distress syndrome, depression, heart failure, and frailty. Here, we examine these complications and look at whether or not COPD can cause death. We also offer tips for preventing complications.

  • Aug 2018

    How to spot and treat RSV in babies

    Respiratory syncytial virus infection is common among babies and causes symptoms similar to a cold. Most of the time, it goes away within 1 to 2 weeks, but the virus can also cause severe problems with breathing in some cases. Learn more about the symptoms and treatment options for caregivers here.

  • Aug 2018

    How your mouth bacteria can harm your lungs

    New research suggests that having poor dental hygiene means ingesting bacteria that may damage respiratory health in the long-term.

  • Aug 2018

    What is the Valsalva maneuver?

    The Valsalva maneuver is a breathing technique that increases pressure in the chest. Doctors can use it to normalize some abnormally fast heart rhythms. People may also use this technique regularly without knowing it, such as when they push to induce a bowel movement or try to pop their ears. Learn more here.

  • Jul 2018

    Everything you need to know about bibasilar crackles

    Bibasilar crackles are abnormal sounds from the base of the lungs, and they usually signal a problem with airflow. Some causes of bibasilar crackles include bronchitis, pulmonary fibrosis, pneumonia, and heart failure. In this article, we describe the sounds and symptoms in detail. Learn more here.

  • Jul 2018

    Peripheral cyanosis: Causes of blue hands and feet

    Peripheral cyanosis is when the fingertips, hands, or feet turn blue or green. This happens when those extreme body parts are not getting enough oxygen from the blood. Cold temperatures, heart, or lung problems can cause peripheral cyanosis. Learn about the causes, symptoms, and treatment here.

  • Jul 2018

    How long does nicotine stay in your system?

    After smoking a cigarette, nicotine and its by-products stay in a person’s urine and saliva for 4 days and blood for up to 10 days. In this article, we look at whether this differs between smoking and vaping, what withdrawal feels like, and if people can affect how long it takes to clear their system of nicotine.

  • Jul 2018

    Can you use Vicks on a baby?

    There are many people who believe using Vicks VapoRub on a baby's feet can help reduce a cough and congestion. However, some of the active ingredients in Vicks are not safe for young children. In this article, learn whether Vicks is safe for babies, as well as about alternative ointments for cough relief.

  • Jul 2018

    What can I do to make my cough go away?

    It is common to have a mild cough at times. People can often treat a cough at home with remedies that include ginger, thyme, and slippery elm. Other natural treatments include steam inhalation and dietary changes. Here, learn more about the natural remedies for a cough and how to prevent them in the first place.

  • Jul 2018

    What are the symptoms of viral pneumonia?

    Viral pneumonia causes symptoms that include a cough, fever, and chills. It often occurs as a complication of the common cold. Those more at risk include young children and older adults. The condition usually resolves without treatment, but doctors may prescribe antiviral medication. Learn about viral pneumonia here.

  • Jul 2018

    What is a blood gas test?

    A blood gas test is also called an arterial blood gas test or a blood gas analysis. Results show blood oxygen and carbon dioxide levels, pH levels, and lung function. Doctors often use the test in emergency situations, when they need to determine why a person is having trouble breathing. Learn more about the test here.

  • Jun 2018

    Causes of shortness of breath during pregnancy

    Shortness of breath is a common problem during pregnancy. Doctors often attribute respiratory symptoms to the growing uterus pushing upward on the lungs and making it difficult to breathe. In this article, we look at several other potential causes. We also cover treatments and home remedies.

  • Jun 2018

    Chinese restaurant syndrome: What you need to know

    Chinese restaurant syndrome refers to a variety of symptoms that can develop after eating at a Chinese restaurant. The medical community now calls it MSG symptom complex, as some researchers have linked the symptoms to the MSG in certain foods. In this article, learn more about the condition and when to see a doctor.

  • Jun 2018

    Why does it hurt when I swallow?

    People can experience pain when swallowing for a wide range of reasons. Depending on the cause, they may feel sharp or dull pain in various places, including the mouth, throat, esophagus, chest, or one or both sides of the neck. Learn more about the causes, symptoms, and treatment of pain when swallowing here.

  • Jun 2018

    Why do newborn babies grunt?

    Newborn babies usually grunt when learning how to pass stool. However, the grunting can sometimes be a sign of an underlying health issue, such as trapped mucus, gastroesophageal reflux, or irregular breathing. Here, we explore causes of newborn grunting, related symptoms, home remedies, and when to see a doctor.

  • Jun 2018

    Abnormal breath sounds: Causes and treatment

    The sound a person makes when breathing is not usually noticeable. However, abnormal breath sounds may be audible with or without a stethoscope. They have a range of causes and can accompany a variety of symptoms. In this article, learn about abnormal breath sounds, including wheezing, crackling, rhonchi, and stridor.

  • Jun 2018

    Benefits of using a humidifier

    Dry indoor air is a common problem that can exacerbate respiratory symptoms, cause dry skin and hair, and even make snoring worse. In this article, learn how using a humidifier can help to alleviate these and other problems. We also describe the possible risks and how to use a humidifier safely.

  • Jun 2018

    Is vitamin D deficiency to blame for lung disease?

    New research from Johns Hopkins University has found that individuals with low blood levels of vitamin D may be more exposed to disabling lung disease.

  • Jun 2018

    What to expect from a bronchoscopy

    A bronchoscopy is a safe, relatively quick procedure. It allows a doctor to examine the inside of the lungs, which can help them to diagnose the cause of breathing problems or chest pain. In this article, learn what to expect before, during, and after a bronchoscopy, including recovery and possible complications.

  • Jun 2018

    Chest tube insertion: Procedure, complications, and removal

    Doctors use chest tubes for many purposes, such as inflating a collapsed lung, draining fluid or blood, or delivering medications. In this article, learn about the conditions requiring chest tubes, the types of chest tube, the insertion process, and what to expect from recovery. We also cover possible complications.

  • Jun 2018

    Is it bronchitis or asthma?

    Sometimes, people can find it hard to tell the difference between asthma and bronchitis. This is because both have similar symptoms that include wheezing and shortness of breath. Diagnostic tests to tell the difference include chest X-rays. There are, however, some distinct symptoms of bronchitis, too. Learn more here.

  • Jun 2018

    Common symptoms of a sinus infection

    Sinus infections, or sinusitis, occur when a virus of bacteria enters the sinuses. The symptoms of sinusitis are similar to a cold, but it also involves a feeling of pressure and congestion in the sinuses. Read on for a list of common symptoms and treatments for sinus infections.