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  1. Cystic Fibrosis: Ways to Clear the Airways - Health Tools

    Health Tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health.Actionsets are designed to help people take an active role in managing a health condition. Cystic Fibrosis: Helping Your Child Cough Up Mucus

  2. Fran's Story: Finding Support When You Have COPD - Fran's story

    I was so scared when the doctor told me I had emphysema. I was afraid to go anywhere or do anything. I plunged into a big black hole of depression. Someone told me to go online and hook up with a support group. I did,and it literally changed my life. I was pretty shy at first,and all I did was read what everyone else was writing. Then one day I was having trouble with the company that ...

  3. Pulmonary Embolism - Exams and Tests

    Learn about exams and tests used in diagnosing pulmonary embolism.

  4. COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) - Symptoms

    People who have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) usually have some symptoms of both chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Your symptoms will change depending on the severity of your COPD.Key symptoms include:Long - term (chronic) cough.Chronic mucus (sputum) production when you cough.Repeated episodes of acute bronchitis.Shortness of breath that is persistent and gets worse, occurs during

  5. Sarcoidosis - Topic Overview

    What is sarcoidosis? Sarcoidosis (say "sar-koy-DOH-sus") is a rare disease that creates tiny lumps of cells throughout the body. These lumps,called granulomas,are too small to see or feel. They can form anywhere on the inside or outside of the body and can cause permanent scar tissue. They often form in the lungs,lymph nodes,liver,skin,or eyes. Sarcoidosis may affect how an organ works. ...

  6. Acute Bronchitis - Frequently Asked Questions

    Learning about acute bronchitis:What is acute bronchitis?How can I tell whether I have pneumonia or bronchitis?Getting treatment:Should I take antibiotics for acute bronchitis?When might antibiotics be used for bronchitis?Taking care of yourself:What can I do to relieve a cough?When do I need to see a doctor?When does my child need to see a doctor?

  7. Cystic Fibrosis: Helping Your Child Cough Up Mucus

    Cystic fibrosis causes mucus to become thick and sticky, which can clog the lungs and cause serious problems. You can help your child maintain lung function and avoid complications from mucus buildup and blockage by performing an airway clearance technique (ACT). Postural drainage and chest percussion (PD & P) is one of several airway clearance techniques that help clear mucus from your child's ..

  8. Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) Infection - Treatment Overview

    Read about the treatment of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infection.

  9. How Cystic Fibrosis Affects Digestion and the Pancreas - Topic Overview

    Cystic fibrosis often affects the pancreas and digestive system because the mucus in these areas becomes thick and sticky. If this occurs, the mucus blocks normal digestive function as well as harbors infection.The digestive system is responsible for breaking down food, absorbing nutrients from the food, and ridding the body of waste products. The pancreas is an organ that is located in the upper abdomen, behind the stomach and close to the spine. It produces digestive enzymes, which travel to the intestines and break down (digest) food so that nutrients can be absorbed by the body. Cystic fibrosis and digestionIn cystic fibrosis, mucus clogs the pancreas, and digestive enzymes are not able to get to the intestine. So food is not properly digested, particularly fats and proteins. A related symptom is large, greasy, smelly stools. Lack of nutrition prevents normal growth and development in babies and children. Unhealthy weight loss and difficulty gaining or maintaining weight are

  10. Paradoxical Embolism - Topic Overview

    Normally,blood flows from the right side of the heart through the pulmonary arteries and lungs before it returns to the left side of the heart. A paradoxical embolism is a blood clot that does not travel with normal blood flow. This type of embolism often causes a stroke because the clot moves directly from the right side of the heart to the left through a hole (defect) in the septum,which ...

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