Category Archives for Respiratory System

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 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...

Lung Pain

Lung pain is a health condition that indicates an underlying acute or chronic disease related to the respiratory system. The pain experienced by patients can range from mild to severe and it can be sudden or recurrent. In order to identify if the pain is caused by a serious illness or minor disorder, individuals should know the varying symptoms of this condition. Additionally, it is also important to seek advice form medical experts. In this way, people will have ideas about the short-term and long-term...

Natural Remedies for Bad Breath

Halitosis or bad breath, is related to a variety of causes. Some naturally occurring bacteria in the mouth can produce gaseous compounds that result in bad breath. For others, halitosis is caused by a dry mouth, which may be as a result of medications or existing medical conditions. Bad breath is quite often also found in people with gum diseases, abscesses and mouth sores. These diseases are more often than not caused by deplorable oral hygiene, dentures, smoking, or teeth restorations. The simpler...

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...

Walking Pneumonia Symptoms

There are many types of pneumonia and its milder form is termed as walking pneumonia. The walking pneumonia symptoms are milder and do not require one for a best rest. Those commonly affected with walking pneumonia symptoms are children and young adults between the ages of 5 and 16. The symptoms experienced in walking pneumonia is caused by viral or bacterial infection due to an organism called mycoplasma pneumoniae or may sometimes be brought about by harmful chemical substances. The condition...

What Causes Lung Nodules?

Lung nodules are masses of tissues found in the lungs. They are also referred to as pulmonary nodules. A spot that has a diameter of three centimeters or less is called a nodule. A larger spot is referred to as a mass and is treated differently when it is diagnosed and evaluated. Usually smaller nodules (1cm or less) indicate a higher survival chance if the nodule is cancerous. Lung nodules are usually benign or non-cancerous but some maybe malignant and lead to cancer.  If a lung nodule is detected...