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  • Jan 2019

    What causes shortness of breath after eating?

    People may experience shortness of breath after eating for various reasons, including food allergies, hiatal hernias, or COPD. Learn about the causes and treatments for breathlessness after eating here.

  • Jan 2019

    How pulmonary function tests work

    Pulmonary function tests check the lungs for issues including asthma, allergies, and bronchitis. Learn more about what pulmonary functions tests are for, and how they work, here.

  • Dec 2018

    Is amyl nitrite safe?

    People often take amyl nitrite, commonly referred to as poppers, for the euphoric effects. However, taking poppers can have serious health consequences and may be fatal.

  • Dec 2018

    HIV and a dry cough: What to know

    A dry cough may be a symptom of HIV during the first few weeks after infection, or it may occur with an HIV complication. Learn about the link between a dry cough and HIV here.

  • Dec 2018

    Weight may affect the risk of flu hospitalization

    Hospitalization due to flu or flu-like viruses is more likely in underweight adults or those with obesity in the morbid range or higher, says a new study.

  • Dec 2018

    What are the signs of an upper respiratory infection?

    An upper respiratory infection is an illness that affects the nose and throat, causing symptoms such as sneezing and coughing. Learn more about upper respiratory infections here.

  • Nov 2018

    What exercises can help increase lung capacity?

    The lungs have a very large capacity and may respond to exercises, including pursed lip breathing and belly breathing. There are also many lifestyle changes that can help improve and strengthen the lungs, such as not smoking and avoiding other lung pollutants. Learn more about how to increase lung capacity here.

  • Nov 2018

    Magnesium sulfate for asthma treatment

    People with asthma often experience flare-ups of symptoms. For severe asthma attacks that do not respond to standard treatments, a doctor may administer intravenous magnesium sulfate. Learn more here.

  • Nov 2018

    What are the early symptoms of COPD?

    Early diagnosis of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) often leads to a better outlook. People who recognize the first symptoms, which may include blood in the mucus, excessive mucus, and shortness of breath, should see a doctor. Learn more about the early symptoms of COPD here.

  • Nov 2018

    How do you get COPD?

    COPD is not contagious. It is a group of progressive diseases caused by lung damage that can get worse over time. Learn more about how COPD develops and why here.

  • Nov 2018

    Can people with COPD get better?

    Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a progressive condition with no cure. It is not possible to completely reverse it, but there are many things a person with COPD can do to help enhance outlook and improve their quality of life.

  • Nov 2018

    Tonsillectomy: Procedure and recovery

    A tonsillectomy is a surgical procedure to remove the tonsils. In this article, learn about its uses, how the procedure works, and the recovery process. We also cover the risks.

  • Nov 2018

    How to respond to chlorine poisoning

    Although chlorine is highly toxic, household products containing chlorine are safe when a person handles them correctly. However, swallowing or inhaling chlorine can be very dangerous. If an individual shows symptoms of chlorine poisoning, call the emergency services immediately. Learn more here.

  • Nov 2018

    Intubation: Everything you need to know

    Intubation is a common procedure doctors use during surgery or in a medical emergency to help a person breathe. In this article, learn about the types, side effects, and recovery.

  • 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.