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A collapsed lung (pneumothorax) is a medical emergency that can occur due to trauma, like a car accident, or can occur spontaneously. Chest pain, difficulty breathing, and an elevated heart rate are all symptoms of a collapsed lung. Medical treatment may include surgery to fix the injury.
Both infections affect the lungs and cause similar symptoms. Pneumonia is less common but can be more severe and require hospitalization.
Most smokers know that quitting is good for their health. But if you’ve become physically and psychologically dependent on smoking, the idea of quitting can seem daunting.
Respiratory illnesses, including asthma or a viral infection, can cause pain in the area of your lungs. Lung pain should always be taken seriously because other causes, such as pneumonia or a pulmonary embolism, need to be treated immediately.
A pulmonary embolism is a blood clot in the lungs that blocks blood flow. It typically starts in the lower legs. The clot may cause difficulty breathing or a sharp chest pain when breathing deeply. It can be life threatening.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a disease of the lungs. It's often from inhaling toxins (poisons), most commonly tobacco smoke. It can be from smoking yourself (a significant risk factor for COPD) or from secondhand smoke.
Wheezing can be a sign of an asthma attack, pneumonia, or chronic lung condition like COPD. Here’s how to tell when it’s a medical emergency and when to treat it at home.
This article will review the symptoms, causes, and management of bronchogenic cysts. Symptoms in infants include difficulty breathing or feeding and blue skin. Other symptoms that are likely later in life include coughing and wheezing, recurrent lung infections, and trouble swallowing, among others.
Hypersensitivity pneumonitis occurs when something inhaled inflames the lungs such as exposure to mold, animals, grain/flour, or synthetic materials.
This article will review the symptoms, causes, and management of cystic fibrosis. Symptoms of cystic fibrosis may be present at birth, such as salty sweat or an inability to pass stool. Symptoms that may develop later include a cough, difficulty breathing, lung infections, and sinus problems, among others.
This article will review the symptoms, causes, treatment, and prevention of non-small cell lung cancer. The primary symptoms of this condition include cough, coughing up blood, chest pain, shortness of breath, and hoarseness. A history of smoking is the predominant cause.