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Lung Disease & Respiratory Health Center

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  1. When a Cold Becomes Bronchitis

    What should you do when a cold turns into bronchitis, also called a chest cold? Find out when you can treat it at home and when you need to see your doctor.

  2. Sarcoidosis

    Sarcoidosis is an inflammatory disease that affects multiple organs in the body, but mostly the lungs and lymph glands. Get the facts about sarcoidosis from WebMD.

  3. Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) - Care for your child

    How do you treat your child's respiratory infection at home?Give your child acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) for fever or pain. Be safe with medicines. Read and follow all instructions on the label. Do not give aspirin to anyone younger than 20. It has been linked to Reye syndrome, a serious illness.Be careful with cough and cold medicines. They may not be safe for young children, so check the label first. If you do give these medicines to a child, always follow the directions about how much to give based on the child's age and weight.Be careful when giving your child over-the-counter cold or flu medicines and Tylenol at the same time. Many of these medicines have acetaminophen, which is Tylenol. Read the labels to make sure that you are not giving your child more than the recommended dose. Too much acetaminophen (Tylenol) can be harmful.Keep your child away from smoke. Do not smoke or allow anyone else to smoke in your house.Make sure your child rests. Keep your

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

    What is an enterovirus 68 infection?Enterovirus 68 is an infection in the lungs and breathing passages (respiratory system). It is caused by a virus called enterovirus 68 (EV-D68). This is one of many kinds of enteroviruses.Enterovirus infections usually cause mild, cold-like symptoms. But an enterovirus 68 infection can be more serious, especially in people with breathing problems such as asthma.What are the symptoms of an enterovirus 68 infection?Enterovirus 68 (EV-D68) can cause mild to severe cold- or flu-like symptoms.Typical symptoms may include:Fever.Runny nose.Sneezing.Cough.Body and muscle aches.Severe symptoms may include:Wheezing and trouble breathing.How is enterovirus 68 diagnosed?If your doctor thinks that you may have an enterovirus 68 (EV-D68) infection, he or she will do a physical exam and ask you questions about your symptoms and past health. Your doctor may do a blood test to detect enterovirus 68. It may take some time to get the results. You may get treated

  5. Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) - Care for yourself

    How do you treat your respiratory infection at home?Take an over-the-counter medicine for fever or pain, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), or naproxen (Aleve). Be safe with medicines. Read and follow all instructions on the label.Be careful when taking over-the-counter cold or flu medicines and Tylenol at the same time. Many of these medicines have acetaminophen, which is Tylenol. Read the labels to make sure that you are not taking more than the recommended dose. Too much acetaminophen (Tylenol) can be harmful.Before you use cough and cold medicines, check the label. These medicines may not be safe for people with certain health problems.Do not smoke or allow others to smoke around you.Get extra rest. Slow down just a little from your usual routine. You don't need to stay home in bed, but try not to expose others to your illness.When to call a doctorCall anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if: You have severe trouble

  6. How the Lungs and Respiratory System Work

    WebMD explains how your lungs and respiratory system work by taking in air, removing oxygen and breathing out carbon dioxide.

  7. Breathing Problems: Causes, Tests, and Treatments

    WebMD discusses some common causes of breathing problems, including allergies and asthma. Learn more about breathing problems and how they're diagnosed and treated.

  8. COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) - 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

  9. Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) - Cal's story

    Why me? That’s what Cal asked himself over and over after he was diagnosed with severe COPD 5 years ago. "I spent the first 2 years moping around the house,feeling sorry for myself," he says. "I didn't go anywhere,I didn't do anything. I just sat in front of the TV and tried not to think about anything." Then one day Sonny,his 5-year-old granddaughter,walked up to him as he sat in his ...

  10. 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 ..

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