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    1. Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) - Topic Overview

      Traveling while you are on oxygen therapy usually is possible if you plan ahead. Travel by plane: The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has approved several models of portable oxygen concentrators that can be brought on an airplane. If you have a portable oxygen concentrator,make sure it is FAA-approved before you bring it on an airplane. You cannot take your own oxygen tanks on an ...

    2. Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) - Topic Overview

      When you visit your doctor for suspected pneumonia,he or she will check: Your heart rate. It may be faster if you have a fever or are dehydrated. Your temperature. You usually have fever in pneumonia. Your breathing. Fast,shallow breathing; difficulty breathing; and shortness of breath often are symptoms of pneumonia. Whether you have chest pain. Your oxygen level. Other symptoms,if ...

    3. Sarah's Story: Dealing With the Emotions From COPD - Home Treatment

      Home treatment is not recommended for initial treatment for pulmonary embolism. However, it is important for preventing additional clots from developing and causing a deep vein thrombosis, which can lead to recurring pulmonary embolism.

    4. Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) - Cause

      Pulmonary embolism is caused by a blocked artery in the lungs. The most common cause of such a blockage is a blood clot that forms in a deep vein in the leg and travels to the lungs, where it becomes lodged in a smaller lung artery.

    5. Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) - What Increases Your Risk

      Having a blood clot in the deep vein of your leg and having a previous pulmonary embolism are the two greatest risk factors for pulmonary embolism.

    6. COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) - Topic Overview

      What is a nebulizer?A nebulizer is a tool that delivers liquid medicine as a fine mist. You breathe in the medicine through a mouthpiece or face mask. This sends the medicine directly to your airways and lungs. Depending on your needs, you can get a small, portable nebulizer or one that sits on a table or counter. A portable unit can run on rechargeable batteries or plug into a car or wall electrical outlet. A tabletop unit plugs into a wall outlet. All nebulizers have parts that need to be washed and air-dried each time you use them. What is it used for?A nebulizer may be used to treat breathing problems. These include asthma and COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). A nebulizer can make inhaling medicines easier. It can be very helpful if it is hard for you to breathe or to use an inhaler. How do you use a nebulizer?Follow the directions for use and cleaning that come with your nebulizer. For a tabletop unit:Make sure that the air compressor is steady and will not tip, and

    7. Beta2-Agonists for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

      Drug details for Beta2-agonists for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

    8. COPD: Handling a Flare-Up - Topic Overview

      Lung function means how well your lungs work. When you have COPD,your lungs can't move as much air in and out as they should. And the more serious your COPD is,the less air your lungs are able to move. Spirometry tests are used to measure lung function. They measure how much air you breathe out when you take long,deep breaths and push the air out of your lungs. For people with COPD,the ...

    9. Respiratory Problems, Age 12 and Older - Topic Overview

      What is acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS)? Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is a lung problem. It happens when fluid builds up in the lungs,causing breathing failure and low oxygen levels in the blood. ARDS is life-threatening,because it keeps organs like the brain and kidneys from getting the oxygen they need to work. ARDS occurs most often in people who are being treated ...

    10. COPD: Handling a Flare-Up - Topic Overview

      Spirometry is the best test to assess lung function. It often is used to evaluate a person who has a chronic cough and sputum ( mucus ) production and a history of risk factors for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD),even if shortness of breath is not present. It is also used to determine whether a specific therapy has improved lung function or whether your lung disease is getting ...

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