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  • 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.

  • Jun 2018

    What causes chest pain that comes and goes?

    Chest pain can have many origins, including problems with the heart, muscles, and lungs. When this pain comes and goes, a person may suspect a problem with the heart. In this article, we explore possible causes of intermittent chest pain, how to tell when the problem is heart-related, and when to call a doctor.

  • Jun 2018

    Everything you need to know about aspiration pneumonia

    Aspiration pneumonia is an infection that may occur if a person breathes something in instead of swallowing it. The germs from food particles, saliva, vomit, or other substances may infect the airways and lead to aspiration pneumonia. In this article, learn more about the treatment and complications.

  • Jun 2018

    Is chest pain a symptom of asthma?

    There are many uncomfortable symptoms associated with asthma. These include breathing difficulties and possibly chest pain. This pain may happen before or during an asthma attack. There are many methods of prevention. Learn more about the link between asthma and chest pain, and when to see a doctor, here.

  • Jun 2018

    Diaphragm spasms and flutters: What to know

    A diaphragm spasm is an involuntary contraction of the muscle that divides the upper abdomen and chest. A spasm may feel like a twitch or flutter and can occur with or without pain. A person may also temporarily have trouble breathing. In this article, learn what causes diaphragm spasms and when to see a doctor.

  • Jun 2018

    Bibasilar atelectasis: Symptoms, causes, and complications

    Bibasilar atelectasis is when a lung or lobe in one of the lungs collapses. It is most common when a person is still in the hospital following a surgical procedure. In this article, learn about the symptoms, the obstructive and nonobstructive causes, possible complications, and how doctors treat bibasilar atelectasis.

  • Jun 2018

    Is a tickle in the chest serious?

    A tickle in the chest has many possible causes. Colds and seasonal allergies are often behind this symptom, but it can also result from conditions such as anxiety, acid reflux, and arrhythmia. In this article, learn about the range of causes and how to tell if a tickle in the chest is serious enough to need treatment.

  • May 2018

    What to know about agonal breathing

    Agonal breathing refers to short, labored, gasping breaths that occur because oxygen cannot reach the brain. This might be due to a person having cardiac arrest or stroke. It is considered a medical emergency. Learn more about how to identify agonal breathing and what to do when it happens.

  • May 2018

    Can vaping cause lung problems?

    Many people turn to vaping as an alternative to smoking, but what are the effects of vapor on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD? Authorities are unsure about this new technology's effects on health. Learn here more about what the science says about the safety of vaping with COPD, and in general.

  • May 2018

    How to stop hiccups in newborns

    Most babies get hiccups in their first year, and this is not usually a cause for concern. There are several ways to stop hiccups in newborns, such as taking breaks for burping, using pacifiers, and giving the baby gripe water. Here, learn why newborns get hiccups, how to soothe them, and when to see a doctor.

  • May 2018

    How does prednisone treat an asthma flare-up?

    Prednisone is a steroid that can be used as part of a person's treatment after they have a significant asthma attack. In this article, we examine the effect the drug has on inflammation in the airways to help improve breathing, the possible side effects it can cause, and other medications that may be used alongside it.

  • May 2018

    Plant pigments may preserve lung function into old age

    In addition to their natural antioxidant properties, flavonoids — the compounds that give plants their color — may keep our lungs healthy into old age.

  • May 2018

    What to know about centrilobular emphysema

    Centrilobular emphysema is a form of emphysema where the damage begins in the central lobes of the lungs and spreads outward. This is distinct from panlobular emphysema. In this article, we discuss centrilobular emphysema including symptoms, causes, complications, and possible treatments.

  • May 2018

    Severe asthma: Eczema drug succeeds where others fail

    Two new studies show that a common eczema drug reduces asthma symptoms and improves lung function in people who have severe asthma.

  • May 2018

    Is honey good for asthma?

    Honey is a common home remedy for sore throats and coughing. It is known to have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. In this article, we find out whether it can also help to treat asthma symptoms, after exploring a range of scientific studies and research. We also describe risks and other treatments.

  • May 2018

    What is box breathing?

    Box breathing is a deep breathing technique that can help people to relieve stress. It is also known as four-square breathing, and may provide benefit by reducing physical symptoms and improving mental focus. Learn how to box breathe with this article, along with the benefits of this and other deep breathing practices.

  • May 2018

    What causes a pneumomediastinum?

    Pneumomediastinum refers to having air or another gas trapped in the center of the chest, an area known as the mediastinum. Injury, intense exercise, or even difficult childbirth can cause pneumomediastinum. Treatment often relies on resting until the air goes, and the condition is not usually serious.

  • May 2018

    Can marijuana help treat asthma?

    Asthma is a condition that causes chronic inflammation in the airways. Research about the anti-inflammatory effects of marijuana is ongoing and often positive. In this article, we look at whether marijuana can be used to help reduce asthma symptoms. We also look at the possible risks, as smoking can worsen symptoms.

  • May 2018

    Why do I wake up gasping for air?

    Waking up gasping for air can be a frightening experience, especially if it has never happened before. Fortunately, many underlying conditions, such as anxiety, sleep apnea, and GERD, are treatable. In this article, learn why a person wakes up gasping for air, what tips and medicines may help, and when to see a doctor.

  • May 2018

    Ten home remedies for wheezing

    Wheezing can be caused by respiratory problems, such as asthma, allergies, and colds. A person can stop or manage wheezing at home without an inhaler by using different natural remedies and medications. In this article, learn more about the causes of wheezing in adults and babies, and home treatments for wheezing.

  • Apr 2018

    Why does eating give me a runny nose?

    A person may feel that their nose gets runny whenever they eat certain foods, such as hot or spicy meals. Some people find that this happens no matter what they eat. In this article, find out more about what causes a person’s nose to run after eating, how this is related to allergies, and how to treat the symptoms.

  • Apr 2018

    Do BiPAP machines work for COPD?

    A BiPAP machine is a small breathing device that can help a person with COPD to breathe more easily. It can be used at night or when symptoms flare. BiPAP therapy stabilizes air pressure, helping the lungs to inflate and deflate. BiPAP is not necessary for everyone but can improve life quality for some with COPD.

  • Apr 2018

    What could cause chest pain?

    Pain in the chest may cause people to worry. Although some causes are severe, such as heart attacks, many of the potential causes are less worrisome. In this article, we examine 26 possible causes, including muscle injuries, asthma, and angina. We also look at when people should contact a doctor for treatment.