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Lung Disease & Respiratory Health Center

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

    Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) does not necessarily reduce your desire for or your ability to have sex. Many people avoid having sex,however,because they are afraid of becoming short of breath. This can greatly add to feelings of guilt or low self-esteem as well as add to your stress level as you try to deal with a chronic disease. Decreased interest in sex is often attributed ...

  2. Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) - Surgery

    Surgical removal of a clot is called an embolectomy. This type of treatment for pulmonary embolism is rarely used. It is considered when the clot in the main pulmonary artery is extremely large and life-threatening and is causing severe symptoms.

  3. Bronchoscopy

    Bronchoscopy is a procedure that allows your doctor to look at your airway through a thin viewing instrument called a bronchoscope.

  4. COPD: Handling a Flare-Up - When to Call a Doctor

    Call your health professional immediately if you have been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and you:Have shortness of breath or wheezing that is rapidly getting worse.Are coughing more deeply or more frequently, especially if you notice an increase in mucus (sputum) or a change in the color of the mucus you cough up.Cough up blood.Have increased swelling in your legs or

  5. Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) - When To Call a Doctor

    Find out when to call a doctor about respiratory syncytial virus infection (RSV infection).

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

    Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infects almost all children by the age of 2, and reinfection throughout life is common. The first RSV infection is usually the most severe. The virus spreads easily and is extremely difficult to completely avoid.

  7. Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency Genetic Testing - Why Would I Not Be Tested?

    You may decide not to be tested because:You do not have symptoms of lung disease.No one in your family has AAT deficiency or lung or liver disease.You would be worried if you knew that you might get lung or liver disease some day.You do not smoke and you already are taking good care of yourself. You think there is nothing more you could do to prevent or delay the disease.The test cannot predict ..

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

    If you have COPD,your usual shortness of breath could suddenly get worse. You may start coughing more and have more mucus. This flare-up is called a COPD exacerbation or a COPD attack. A lung infection or air pollution could set off an attack. Or it may happen after a quick change in temperature or being around chemicals. You may not always know the cause. What are the warning signs? When ...

  9. COPD: Handling a Flare-Up - 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

  10. Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) - Medications

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

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