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Bronchitis
Bronchitis is a viral infection of the lungs that leads to swelling of the bronchial tubes. The most common symptom is a cough with mucus. It usually develops after a cold. That is why it is sometimes called a chest cold.

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COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease): Know the Symptoms
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.

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Acute Costochondritis (Chest Wall Syndrome) Symptoms
Acute costochondritis is caused by straining the chest/rib area, resulting in inflammation of the cartilage that connects the chest wall. It can be mistaken for heart attack symptoms.

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Pulmonary Embolism Symptoms, Causes & Treatment Options
This article will discuss the acute condition of pulmonary embolism, a life-threatening condition. Symptoms include shortness of breath, cough, chest pain, and leg swelling, among others. This article will also review the causes, diagnostic workup, and management of this condition.

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Cystic Fibrosis Symptoms, Causes & Treatment Options
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.

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How to Stop Wheezing: Asthma, Bronchitis & More Causes of Wheezing
Wheezing, associated with difficult breathing, is a high-pitched whine or squeaky sound that comes from deep within your lungs when you inhale and/or exhale.

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Lung Abscess Symptoms, Causes & Treatment Options

A lung abscess is a bacterial infection that occurs in the lung and causes tissues to die while a pus-filled cavity develops in its place.

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Bronchogenic Cyst Symptoms, Causes & Treatment Options

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.

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Goodpasture Syndrome: Understanding the Symptoms, Causes, & Importance of Treatment

This article will review the symptoms, causes, management, and prevention of Goodpasture syndrome. Symptoms include fatigue, weakness, nausea, a loss of appetite, pale skin, lung symptoms such as a cough, shortness of breath, or coughing up blood, and kidney symptoms such as painful urination, reduced urination, and swelling, among others.

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Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis: Symptoms, Causes, & Long-Term Treatment

Hypersensitivity pneumonitis occurs when something inhaled inflames the lungs such as exposure to mold, animals, grain/flour, or synthetic materials.

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