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  • Jul 2019

    What to know about inhaled steroids

    Inhaled steroids are often the best treatment for conditions that cause trouble breathing, such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD. This article provides an overview of inhaled steroids, including their types, side effects, dosages, and duration of action.

  • Jul 2019

    What to know about COPD and lung cancer

    COPD is a group of conditions that have clear links to lung cancer. Smoking tobacco is the primary preventable risk factor for both of these diseases. Learn more about COPD and lung cancer here.

  • Jul 2019

    Emphysema vs. chronic bronchitis

    Emphysema and chronic bronchitis are both respiratory conditions that fall under the classification of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD. The symptoms may overlap. Learn more here.

  • Jun 2019

    What to know about bronchodilators

    Bronchodilators are drugs that open the airways, relieving the symptoms of respiratory conditions, such as asthma and emphysema. This article looks at how they work, types, and how to take them.

  • Jun 2019

    What to know about end-stage COPD

    The symptoms of end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) include frequent lung infections, difficulty eating, and shortness of breath. Coping methods typically include palliative care and open discussions. Learn more here.

  • Jun 2019

    A complete guide to home nebulizer therapy

    Home nebulizers are an effective way to deliver medicine into the airways. Learn more about home nebulizer therapy here, including how to use the equipment.

  • Jun 2019

    Breathing treatments: Everything you need to know

    Many different types of breathing treatment are available, including bronchodilators, corticosteroids, and antimicrobial drugs. Learn more about these and other treatments here.

  • Jun 2019

    Can nonsmokers get COPD?

    It is possible for people who don’t smoke to develop chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). It may develop due to exposure to secondhand smoke, industrial fumes, or other toxins. Learn more about COPD in people who don’t smoke here.

  • Jun 2019

    Risks of dying from pneumonia

    Pneumonia is a disease that can kill. Risk factors include age, with very young children and older adults at a higher risk than others. Existing medical conditions are another risk factor. However, people can also recovery from pneumonia. Learn more here.

  • Jun 2019

    What to know about congestion in babies

    Congestion is common in babies, often affecting the nose or chest. It is usually harmless but can be uncomfortable. In this article, we look at the causes of and treatments for baby congestion.

  • Jun 2019

    What is pursed lip breathing?

    Pursed lip breathing is a breathing technique that can help people get more air into their lungs. This technique may be particularly beneficial for people with respiratory conditions, such as COPD. Learn more about the benefits of pursed lip breathing and how to do it here.

  • Jun 2019

    What causes shortness of breath when lying down?

    Some potential causes of shortness of breath when lying down include heart failure, obesity, and emphysema. Learn more about the causes of shortness of breath when lying down here, along with their treatment options.

  • Jun 2019

    What causes a chronic sore throat?

    Many factors can cause a chronic sore throat, including allergies, smoking, and infections. In this article, we explore the possible causes and describe when to see a doctor.

  • Jun 2019

    What to know about intrinsic and extrinsic asthma

    Intrinsic (nonallergic) and extrinsic (allergic) asthma are subtypes of asthma that have similar symptoms but different triggers. Learn more about their differences, causes, and treatments here.

  • Jun 2019

    What to know about pulmonary tuberculosis

    Pulmonary tuberculosis (TB) is a serious bacterial infection of the lungs. Symptoms include a persistent bad cough, chest pain, and breathlessness. TB can be life-threatening if a person does not receive treatment, which typically involves a long course of antibiotics. Learn more here.

  • Jun 2019

    What to know about status asthmaticus

    Status asthmaticus is a life-threatening asthma state with symptoms that include anxiety, fatigue, and shortness of breath. An inhaler may not treat the symptoms, so a person should seek immediate medical treatment. Learn more here.

  • Jun 2019

    What to know about intermittent asthma

    Intermittent asthma causes symptoms such as shortness of breath and coughing. However, these symptoms are not present all the time. Treatment includes the use of inhalers. Learn more about intermittent asthma here.

  • Jun 2019

    What to know about cold-induced asthma

    Cold-induced asthma involves cold weather triggering asthma symptoms such as coughing and wheezing. Treatment can include using an inhaler and moving to a warmer environment. Learn more here.

  • Jun 2019

    What to know about stress-induced asthma

    Stress can make a person more susceptible to asthma triggers. In this article, we look at the link between stress and asthma. We also discuss ways to reduce stress.

  • Jun 2019

    What to know about lung diffusion testing

    Lung diffusion tests measure how well a person’s lungs take in oxygen from the air. This test helps diagnose and monitor a range of lung-related conditions. Learn about its uses, procedure, and results here.

  • Jun 2019

    How does humidity affect asthma?

    Humid weather can trigger asthma symptoms. This article discusses the link between humidity and asthma, treatments, and ways to prevent flares.

  • Jun 2019

    How to use an inhaler with a spacer

    Spacers are plastic tubes that attach to the end of an inhaler. In this article, we discuss their benefits, how to use and clean them, and tips for using inhalers.

  • Jun 2019

    What to know about bullectomy

    A bullectomy is a type of surgery to remove enlarged air sacs called bullae from the lung. Learn more about the uses, procedure, and risks of a bullectomy here.

  • Jun 2019

    What to know about exercise-induced asthma

    Exercise-induced asthma involves asthma symptoms occurring during or after exercise. In this article, we explore the causes, symptoms, and ways to prevent asthma from arising during exercise.

  • Jun 2019

    What to know about severe asthma

    Doctors consider asthma to be severe when symptoms do not respond well to the usual treatments. This article discusses the definition, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatments of severe asthma.