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    1. Respiratory Problems, Age 12 and Older - Medications

      Learn about medications for respiratory syncytial viral (RSV) infections.

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

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

    3. COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) - Ongoing Concerns

      Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) gradually worsens over time. Your symptoms depend on when COPD was diagnosed, how far along it is, and your lifestyle.If you are diagnosed early, before a lot of lung damage has taken place, you may have very mild symptoms, even when you are active. If you are diagnosed later, you may have already lost much of your lung function. If you have an ...

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

      Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) weakens the structure of the lung and may also damage the tiny air sacs (alveoli) in the lung. When these air sacs break down,larger airspaces known as bullae are formed. Bullae sometimes can become so large that they interfere with breathing and may cause complications: They can burst,leading to a collapsed lung ( pneumothorax ). A collapsed lung ...

    5. Oxygen Therapy: Using Oxygen at Home

      If you need oxygen therapy at home,it is important to learn how to use it and take care of your equipment. This information will help you get the most from your oxygen therapy. Key points Breathing extra oxygen can help you feel better and lead a more active life. You can travel even though you use oxygen,but you will need to plan ahead. Oxygen is a fire hazard. It is important to follow ...

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

      Mechanical ventilation means having a machine help you breathe. If you have COPD,you may need this treatment when your breathing problems suddenly get worse and stay worse. These breathing attacks are called COPD exacerbations or flare-ups. This treatment is usually used until you are able to breathe better. In rare cases,it is used as long-term therapy in your home or a care facility. ...

    7. How Cystic Fibrosis Affects the Sweat Glands - Topic Overview

      Cystic fibrosis can lower the normal salt levels in the body, which can lead to a variety of short- and long-term problems.Sweat glands cool the body by releasing perspiration (sweat) from the lower layers of the skin onto the surface. Sodium and chloride (salt) help carry water to the skin's surface and are then reabsorbed into the body. As the water evaporates, heat is carried away, and the body cools.In people who have cystic fibrosis, the salt travels to the skin's surface with the water and is not reabsorbed. Because of this, the skin of a child who has cystic fibrosis is abnormally salty. Parents may notice salty-tasting skin when they kiss the child. People who have cystic fibrosis can become quickly depleted of salts, especially when the weather is hot, when they exercise strenuously, or when they have a fever. Low salt levels in the body lead to fatigue, weakness, fever, muscle cramps, stomach pain, vomiting, dehydration, and heatstroke. To avoid these conditions, people who

    8. Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) - Other Treatment

      Learn how vena cava filters may be used in treating pulmonary embolism.

    9. Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) Infection - Topic Overview

      Information on pulmonary embolism, the sudden blockage of an artery in the lung.

    10. Pulmonary Embolism - 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. Eating a steady amount of vitamin K when you take warfarin (Coumadin) ...

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