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  • Nov 2018

    Humidity levels and COPD

    Some people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) find that extremes in humidity can trigger or worsen symptoms. Managing exposure to humidity can help reduce or prevent COPD flare-ups. Learn more here.

  • Nov 2018

    Natural home remedies for COPD

    People with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) can improve their symptoms using various home remedies. These may include breathing exercises, essential oils, and supplements. Learn about home remedies for COPD here.

  • Nov 2018

    What to know about bradypnea (slow breathing)

    Bradypnea is when a person is breathing at a slower rate than is usual for their age and activity level. Learn about bradypnea here, including its definition, causes, and treatment.

  • Nov 2018

    Hyperventilation: Causes and what to do

    Hyperventilation refers to fast breathing. The most common cause is fear or anxiety, but underlying medical conditions may also contribute to hyperventilation. Learn more here.

  • Nov 2018

    What is empyema?

    Empyema is when too much fluid collects in the pleural space in the lungs. Learn about the symptoms, stages, and possible causes here. We also cover treatment options.

  • Oct 2018

    Everything you need to know about stridor

    Stridor is an abnormal breathing sound that resembles wheezing or creaking. It is more common in children but can happen in anyone. Learn about the causes, and how stridor sounds here.

  • Oct 2018

    What is dry drowning and what are the symptoms?

    Dry drowning is an outdated term. It refers to breathing problems that result when liquid causes the voice box to spasm. The condition can be dangerous, and without treatment, it can cause severe lung damage or even death. Learn more about dry drowning and its treatments here.

  • Oct 2018

    Treatment options for COPD exacerbations

    During a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) exacerbation, a person experiences a sudden worsening of their symptoms. Treatment options for a COPD exacerbation include medications, oxygen therapy, and ventilation. Learn more here.

  • Oct 2018

    Is chest pain during exercise serious?

    A range of health issues can cause chest pain during exercise. Some, such as muscle strains, are not serious. Others, such as heart attacks and angina, can be life-threatening. In many cases, people should quickly seek treatment. Learn more about the potential causes here.

  • Oct 2018

    What's the link between cold weather and the common cold?

    Despite the association between cold weather and getting sick, it is viruses that cause colds and the flu. However, colder temperatures may increase a person’s risk of developing an illness. Learn more here.

  • Oct 2018

    What are the effects of black mold exposure?

    Black mold is a type of fungus that tends to thrive in damp areas. Long-term exposure to black mold may cause symptoms, particularly in people with asthma, respiratory allergies, or a weakened immune system. Learn more here.

  • Oct 2018

    What is orthopnea?

    Orthopnea is a symptom rather than a condition. It is a shortness of breath that only occurs when a person is lying down and usually subsides when they sit or stand up. Causes include conditions that affect the heart or lungs, such as heart failure or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Learn more here.

  • Oct 2018

    Does COPD show up on an X-ray?

    Diagnosing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease can involve an X-ray, which may show enlarged lungs and diaphragm problems. Doctors may order X-rays and other tests when a person has symptoms, such as shortness of breath or chest tightness. Learn more about how doctors interpret X-rays to diagnose the condition here.

  • Oct 2018

    Can you drink alcohol if you have COPD?

    The link between alcohol and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is unclear. While smoking is the biggest cause and risk factor for COPD, alcohol may also play a role. Whether a person with COPD can drink alcohol safely may depend on factors such as the severity of symptoms. Learn more here.

  • Oct 2018

    What is the average age for COPD?

    Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease normally affects people over 40, but it can also occur in younger people. People who smoke heavily or work in environments with high exposure to pollutants may develop it earlier. Life expectancy depends on how far the disease has progressed at diagnosis and treatment plans.

  • Oct 2018

    What tests are used to diagnose COPD?

    As well as carrying out a physical examination and gathering a person’s medical history, doctors typically order one or more tests to diagnose chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). These tests may include pulmonary function tests, blood tests, and imaging tests. Learn more here.

  • Oct 2018

    Does high altitude affect COPD?

    Flying or traveling to high elevations can present difficulties for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Changes in altitude can cause high blood pressure, a lack of oxygen, and other respiratory problems. Planning, adopting coping strategies, and limiting activity can help. Learn more here.

  • Oct 2018

    Is there a link between marijuana and COPD?

    Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) describes a group of long-term lung conditions. Here, we explore whether marijuana can cause, worsen, or even help to treat COPD, and we examine the research behind these claims.

  • Oct 2018

    How does rheumatoid arthritis affect the lungs?

    Rheumatoid arthritis is a condition that causes inflammation and pain in the joints, but it may also affect the lungs. Over time this lung damage may lead to pulmonary fibrosis, which is scarring in the lungs. There is no cure for either condition, but people can manage their symptoms.

  • Oct 2018

    How to manage COPD triggers

    People with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) commonly experience flare-ups, periods when symptoms worsen. Identifying and avoiding triggers for COPD can help prevent or reduce flare-ups and the need for hospitalization. Learn more here.

  • Oct 2018

    How can psoriasis affect the lungs?

    Psoriasis causes widespread inflammation that can affect the skin and several organ systems. A person with psoriasis may experience lung-related complications, including lung fibrosis and interstitial lung disease. Learn more here.

  • Sep 2018

    What is bronchopneumonia?

    Bronchopneumonia is pneumonia that affects the bronchi of the lungs, causing inflammation. It often results from a bacterial infection, but viruses and fungi can also cause it. Symptoms include coughing, breathing problems, and fever. It can resolve in a few weeks but, if not treated, can be life-threatening.

  • 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.