Category Archives for Respiratory System

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...

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...

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,...

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Definition of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is generally associated with the diseases emphysema and chronic bronchitis. These two diseases involve characteristic chronic obstruction of the airways within the lungs subsequently affecting airflow. The obstruction is likely to be permanent and will progress with the passage of time. Read more

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,...

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...

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...

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...