Category Archives for Respiratory System

Asthma Symptoms

Medical studies show that people afflicted with this ailment are on the increase. If it’s ignored, it can lead to health complications. The following symptoms should therefore be assessed. Asthma Signs The first major sign is wheezing. The wheezing varies, with some very noticeable while others barely discernible. Other symptoms are coughing fits and tightness in the chest. Some children report an itching in the back prior to wheezing. Sometimes the itching is felt in the neck. There are other...

Interstitial Lung Disease

The Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD) also known as the Diffuse Parenchymal Lung Disease (DPLD) refers to a group of lung diseases affecting the interstitium (the tissue and space around the air sac of the lungs) . The term ILD is used to differentiate these diseases from the obstructive airways diseases. Most types of ILD involve fibrosis which now carries the new term know as Idiopathic Pulmonary fibrosis. Read more

What Causes Asthma?

Definition Asthma is a disease affecting the airways that carry air to and from your lungs. People who suffer from this chronic condition (long-lasting or recurrent) are said to be asthmatic. The inside walls of an asthmatic’s airways are swollen or inflamed. This swelling or inflammation makes the airways extremely sensitive to irritations and increases your susceptibility to an allergic reaction. Causes of asthma Asthma is most often triggered in children by a respiratory infection, such...

Lung Disease

Located in the chest on either side of the heart, lungs are one of the vital organs in the human body required for respiration. Their main functions includes transporting oxygen inhaled from the atmosphere to our bloodstream and releasing carbon dioxide from the bloodstream, back into the atmosphere. To put it simply, when our lungs do not perform efficiently we end up having difficulty with breathing. Lung disease refers to several disorders that affect the lungs. Lung cancer, asthma, tuberculosis,...

What Causes Lung Cancer?

The lung is an essential organ in the body’s respiratory system. We have two lungs nested inside our ribcage. Each lung is conical in shape and they rest on top of the diaphragm (the area that separates our lungs from our digestive system). The left lung is a little smaller than the right because the heart tilts slightly toward it. Each lung is made up of muscular tissues, bronchus, blood vessels, lymphatic vessels and other nerve endings. The main function of the lungs is to take in oxygen from...

Treatment for Bronchitis

This disease is the result of an inflammation of the bronchial lining tubes. This is where air is taken to the lungs. This health condition often develops from other respiratory ailments. Bronchitis Treatments In many instances all you need is to rest and drink plenty of water. It also helps if you breathe in moist, humid air. You can also take acetaminophen or aspirin (aspirin is for adults only; children should not take them). Over the counter (OTC) cough suppressants will also help. The goal of...

Pain in Right Chest Area

Unlike pain in the left side of the chest, people who feel pain in the right chest area are more likely not to have heart-related conditions. Although the causes are less serious, they can still be highly dangerous to the health of many people. Patients suffering from this one usually experience severe stabbing pain, tingling sensation and dull feeling in the right, left, lower and upper parts of the right chest area. Find out more about the symptoms, treatments, diagnosis and causes of this chronic...

What Causes Shortness of Breath?

Definition Few sensations are as frightening as not being able to get enough air. Although shortness of breath, known medically as dyspnea — is likely to be experienced differently by different people, it’s often described as an intense tightening in the chest or feeling of suffocation. You may experience shortness of breath just once or have recurring episodes. Causes of shortness of breath Anxiety People who talk for long periods of time while teaching, reading aloud, working on the telephone,...