Allergy: This condition is due to the body responding abnormally to small particles inhaled in the air. The body releases a powerful chemical into the tissue, causing injury to the membranes of the nose, sinus and lungs. Symptoms include congestion, cough and sneezing. It can lead into asthma in some people.
Asthma: A lung condition induced by allergies or irritants, which cause swelling of the airways, with recurrent spasm of the airways. Symptoms include: coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath. Asthma is a very treatable condition.
Emphysema or Chronic Bronchitis: These conditions indicate permanent damage to the airways. The airways slowly scar closed, and the lungs dissolve leaving small holes throughout the lungs. Smoking is the major risk factor. Treatment involves early diagnosis and smoking cessation.
Acute Bronchitis: This is an infection of the airways associated with cough, sputum production, and at times a low grade fever. Healthy people usually recover without specific treatment. However, patients with underlying lung disease should have prompt medical treatment.
Pneumonia: This is an infection of the lungs by viral or bacterial agents. Symptoms include: fever, chills, cough, sputum production, chest pain, and SOB (shortness of breath). Early treatment is important. Antibiotics are required, and complications can be severe.
Pulmonary Fibrosis: This is a condition caused by progressive scarring of the lungs causing irreversible lung damage. Symptoms include a dry cough and shortness of breath. It requires extensive diagnostic testing and treatment.
COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) is a disease of the airways and lungs. It is a disease that develops slowly over a long period of time. Some symptoms of COPD are; shortness of breath, wheezing, cough, and sputum (mucus) production. Smoking is a major factor of COPD. There is no cure for COPD but with the combination of treatments and smoking cessation the progression of the disease can be slowed.
If you are suffering from any persistent respiratory problems, call our office. We will evaluate and treat your condition. Untreated lung disease may result in progressive irreversible lung injury.