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  1. 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 ...

  2. Conserving Energy When You Have COPD or Other Chronic Conditions - Topic Overview

    What does it mean to conserve energy?Cooking dinner, putting away laundry, or even just walking across your living room can be exhausting when you have COPD, heart failure, or another long-term (chronic) condition. You may feel at times as though you've lost your ability to live your life.Conserving, or saving, your energy means finding ways of doing daily activities with as little effort as possible. With some planning and tips, you can get tasks done more easily and enjoy your daily routine.How can you conserve energy in daily activities?Plan activitiesMake a list of what you have to do every day. Group the tasks by location, so you do all the chores you have in one part of your house around the same time.Go out for errands or do chores at the time of day when you have the most energy.Leave plenty of time to do tasks or get to events. That way you aren't rushed and breathless to get somewhere. Include rest periods in your day.Ask for help from family or friends for chores that are

  3. AAT Deficiency: Should You Be Tested?

    AAT deficiency is inherited and can lead to lung disease, especially if you smoke. If you there's a chance you have AAT deficiency, you may want to be tested.

  4. What Causes COPD?

    Smoking, dirty air in the workplace, and asthma can lead to COPD. Learn what causes this lung problem and how to protect your lungs.

  5. Lung Function Tests

    Lung function tests (also called pulmonary function tests, or PFTs) evaluate how well your lungs work.

  6. 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. ...

  7. Chronic Lung Disease in Infants: Caring for Your Baby - Topic Overview

    Home treatment is often needed for a baby who has been diagnosed with chronic lung disease. Before you take your newborn home from the hospital,you need to be able to: Recognize the symptoms and know what to do if your baby has difficulty breathing or stops breathing. Perform CPR in the unlikely event that your baby will need it. Recognize the early signs of upper respiratory infection,such ...

  8. Collapsed Lung (Pneumothorax) - Topic Overview

    What is a pneumothorax?A collapsed lung (pneumothorax) results from a buildup of air in the space between the lung and the chest wall (pleural space). As the amount of air in this space increases, the pressure against the lung causes the lung to collapse. This prevents your lung from expanding properly when you try to breathe in, causing shortness of breath and chest pain. A pneumothorax may ...

  9. Tuberculosis Screening - Topic Overview

    All cases of tuberculosis (TB) are reported to the local or state health department,because the disease can spread to others and cause outbreaks. Major health authorities keep track of TB outbreaks and encourage early testing for people who are at risk for the disease. The CDC recommends TB testing for people who: 1 Have a human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection or another condition that ...

  10. Tuberculosis (TB) - Topic Overview

    What is tuberculosis? Tuberculosis (TB) is a bacterial infection that is most often found in the lungs (pulmonary TB) but can spread to other parts of the body (extrapulmonary TB).

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