Respiratory Diseases

Need information on specific lung diseases? Read up on our blog posts centered around all the different kinds of respiratory diseases. This covers everything from ways to prevent flare-ups, respiratory disease symptoms, and warning signs and much more.
  • Traveling with Asthma and Allergies: A Checklist

    While last year I felt like I was constantly on the road, this year has been relatively settled. Fortunately, I’m headed to Washington, DC in about a month, and am excited to get on a plane for the first time in what will by then be 10 months since my last flight! After 30 individual flights last year, I’ve become pretty confident in tackling traveling with asthma, so that my asthma gets in the way as little as possible.

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  • An Overview of Obstructive Sleep Apnea

    Obstructive sleep apnea is a serious health condition that often leads to a host of other health issues. However, while a significant part of the population is suffering from obstructive sleep apnea, only a small part of that group have been diagnosed.

    There are reports from the University of Utah Health division that upwards of 80% of sleep apnea cases are undiagnosed at any given time. The vast majority of people who suffer from sleep apnea are unaware their symptoms add up to a real condition. Before we provide a general overview of obstructive sleep apnea, let us get into definitions.

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  • Understanding COPD - Learn About COPD

    Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a lung disease that makes breathing difficult. While a COPD diagnosis can be scary, it is manageable with proper treatment.

    In this article, we will discuss the various symptoms, causes, prevention, and stages of COPD to help you better understand this disease.

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  • What is Asthma? Understanding Asthma

    As asthma is a common disease, most people are aware that it is a condition that affects the lungs. Asthma is a chronic illness—once a person has it, they will have it throughout their life, through periods of remission where they are asymptomatic do occur.

    The main symptoms of asthma are coughing, chest tightness, wheezing (a whistling sound when exhaling), and dyspnea—also known as shortness of breath.

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  • COPD in Elderly Patients: Here is What to Expect

    Elderly patients experience some additional challenges when it comes to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The disease process of COPD brings new obstacles with breathing and maintaining normal oxygen levels. However, additional issues with aging like deconditioning and malnutrition also play a significant role in the overall management of the disease.

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  • Understanding Acute Bronchitis - Symptoms and Treatment

    Acute bronchitis is an infection that leads to inflammation and increased mucus production in the lungs. The symptoms may be similar to other respiratory illness—coughing, shortness of breath, wheezing, or chest tightness or pain are all common symptoms of acute bronchitis. [1]

    A persistent cough is the most common symptom that indicates bronchitis—the cough may or may not be productive, and if it is, the sputum (mucus or phlegm) expelled may be yellow or greenish or clear. [1] Other non-respiratory symptoms include fatigue or tiredness, and slight fever or chills. [1] It is common for acute bronchitis to onset alongside or just after having a cold, flu or other respiratory virus or infection. [2] Nasal congestion or sinusitis may also accompany or lead to developing acute bronchitis. [3] [4]

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  • What is Acute Bronchitis? Understanding Acute Bronchitis

    If you’ve experienced acute bronchitis in the past, you’re not alone: 10 million Americans visit a doctor for symptoms diagnosed as acute bronchitis (more often simply known as “bronchitis”) each year. [1] Most often, acute bronchitis becomes apparent with a cough, caused by inflammation of the airways. [2] Most often, acute bronchitis is caused by a viral infection like a cold or flu, though sometimes it is caused by a bacterial infection or exposure to another irritant, like chemicals. [3]

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  • August is National Immunization Awareness Month

    In the United States every year thousands of adults get sick, some are hospitalized, and some even die from diseases that could be prevented by vaccines. People who suffer from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) or asthma are at a greater risk for severe problems from various vaccine-preventable diseases.

    Please note that you should always consult with your doctor to determine what is best for you and your treatment. We are not a doctor’s office and are not providing medical advice.

    An essential step to getting and staying healthy is to get vaccinated and here are 3 important reasons why.

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  • Understanding Sleep Apnea: A General Overview

    Sleep apnea is a severe sleep disorder that, if left untreated, can lead to severe health problems. The word apnea means a cessation of breathing, so sleep apnea means that one stops breathing during sleep. Although your body will force a deep breath eventually, people with sleep apnea can go 10 seconds or more without breathing per episode, and these episodes can happen up to 100 times an hour.

    In this article, we will discuss an overview of sleep apnea including symptoms, complications, and treatment strategies. However, consider these stats regarding sleep apnea:

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  • Can Your Allergies Cause a COPD Flare-Up?

    Millions of people suffer from allergies and experience the daily nuisance of sneezing, itchy eyes, and a stuffy nose. But if you have Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), you might be wondering—can my allergies also cause a COPD flare-up?

    The answer is yes, your allergies can cause a COPD flare-up. In this article, we will discuss the types of allergens that can cause a COPD flare-up and what you can do to avoid them.

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