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...

Chest Wall Pain

Discomfort in the chest area doesn’t always mean it’s a heart attack. There are other possible reasons this can happen. Causes of Chest Wall Pain One of the most common reasons is irritation of the pleura, the membrane that shelters the lungs. The membrane is quite sensitive. The slightest irritation may cause severe pain. Exactly what brings this about is not yet clear. Another potential cause is costochondritis. This affects the cartilage linked to the sternum. It may also cause pain in the...

Pneumonia Symptoms

Pneumonia refers to an inflammatory condition of one or both the lungs. It can occur due to various causes such as  virus, bacteria, fungi, parasites, infections or physical or chemical injury to the lungs. Signs and Symptoms of Pneumonia The following include the signs ans symptoms of pneumonia. During the initial stages, the patient may experience symptoms similar to common cold such as sneezing, coughing, having a sore throat and so on. This could be followed by high fever with chills and...

Treatment for Asthma

Asthma treatments are divided into long term and quick term relief. Although the ailment cannot be cured, using these medications can control the symptoms. Long term medications include the following. Inhaled Corticosteroids These are the most widely used and have few side effects. Medications include budesonide, fluticasone, triamcinolone, mometasone, flunisolide and beclomethasone. These have to be used for several days before its full effects can be felt. Leukotriene Modifiers These are oral medications...

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,...

Asthma Remedies

Asthma is a chronic lung disease that inflames and narrows the airways. Asthma is long-term and makes breathing difficult; the breathing problems are called attacks or episodes of asthma. Read more

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...

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...