Lung Medical Reference
What Is Human Metapneumovirus (HMPV)?
- What Is Blastomycosis?
Learn about blastomycosis symptoms and treatments for this fungal infection.
- PAH in Black and Hispanic Populations
Pulmonary arterial hypertension can affect Black and Hispanic populations differently. Find out how race and ethnicity affects treatment and research.
- PAH: The Value of Good Communication With Your Doctor
Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is a serious condition with no cure. Learn how good communication with your care team can help you manage it.
- Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS): Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment
MERS is a severe illness caused by a type of coronavirus. Learn how common it is, what the symptoms are, and who’s at risk.
- What Is a Pleural Effusion?
Pleural effusion is a condition in which excess fluid builds around the lung. Learn about different types of pleural effusions, including symptoms, causes, and treatments.
- What Is Acid Rain?
Acid rain can harm the environment and your health. Learn about what causes it and how to prevent it.
- Phrenic Nerve: What to Know
Find out what you need to know about the phrenic nerve. Learn about its location, function, and disorders that may affect your health.
- Outdoor Air Quality and Air Pollution
Poor-quality outdoor air, whether it’s caused by wildfires, car emissions, or natural things like pollen or mold, can affect your health. Here’s a look at symptoms of air pollution and how to protect yourself.
- Dangers in Delay of RSV Care for Older Adults
Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) can lead to serious health issues in older adults. Find out why getting timely care is important.
- Treating Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) in Older Adults
It’s often mistaken for the common cold. But it can be dangerous or even deadly if you’re over 65. Find out what you can do about RSV.
- NTM Mycobacterium Avium Complex Treatment Options
Treatment for mycobacterium avium complex (MAC) depends on several things. Here’s what your doctor will consider when planning your care.
- Understanding Types of Nontuberculous Mycobacteria
Get the basics about this species of bacteria, including how many exist, where they’re found, and the health issues they can cause.
- Mycobacterium Avium Complex: What to Expect
With time, Mycobacterium avium complex often can be cured. Find out what things may affect your outlook and steps you can take to help in your recovery.
- Who Can Get Mycobacteria Avium Complex (MAC)?
Anyone can get mycobacteria avium complex, but some people are more vulnerable than others. Get the facts on risk factors that might affect you.
- Treatment: Why You Need to Stay the Course
Treatment for mycobacteria avium complex can last a year or more. Find out what to expect and what you need to know to help you stay the course.
- What Are Fracking’s Possible Health Effects?
Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, is a way to collect underground natural gas. Here’s what we know so far about this its risks to the environment and health.
- What Is Negative Pressure Ventilation?
A negative pressure ventilator is a machine outside your body that helps you breathe. Learn about its history during pandemics and more.
- Why Some Adults Are More Susceptible to More Serious RSV
Symptoms of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) may not seem serious. But it can be dangerous if you’re an older adult. Find out who's most at risk.
- Watch Out, Adults: Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) Isn’t Just for Babies
Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is common in babies. But it also can be very serious for older adults. Find out how you can protect yourself.
- What Is Langya Henipavirus?
Experts have found a new virus that starts in animals and can spread to humans. Learn more about the causes, symptoms, and treatment for Langya virus.
- Lung Cancer and Pneumonia: What to Know
Lung cancer raises your pneumonia risk. Learn how these conditions are linked, how they’re different, and about their diagnosis, treatment, and prevention.
- What to Know About Pursed-Lip Breathing
Learn what pursed-lip breathing is and how to use it to improve shortness of breath during exertion.
- What Is Aspergillus?
Learn about the fungus Aspergillus and the many forms of aspergillosis that it can cause.
- What Is a Nasal Cannula?
A nasal cannula is a medical device used to provide supplemental oxygen. Learn about what to expect from one.
- What to Know About a Bronchospasm
What is a bronchospasm? Bronchospasm is contractions in your airways caused by other conditions, allergies, or exposure to certain air-borne elements. Learn more about them and how you can treat them.
- What Is Pulmonary Angiography?
Learn about pulmonary angiography, a method to view blood vessels near your lungs, and the differences between this method and CTA.
- Treating Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension
Find out about the many ways to manage pulmonary arterial hypertension.
- What to Know About a Pulmonary Contusion?
What is a pulmonary contusion? Pulmonary contusions are lung bruises that are often caused by blunt trauma. Learn about its symptoms and how to treat them.
- What Is an Oxygen Concentrator?
An oxygen concentrator is a medical device that can help you breathe. Find out when you might need one and how to use it.
- What Is Skeletal Tuberculosis?
Skeletal Tuberculosis affects bones and joints. Learn more about what causes this disease, what to expect if you have it, and more.
- What Is a Viral URI?
Catching a cold means you've got a viral upper respiratory infection, or URI. Read on to learn what a viral URI is, including its causes, symptoms, and more.
- What to Know About an Airway Obstruction
Find out what you need to know about an airway obstruction, and discover the causes, treatment, and how it may affect your health.
- ECMO: What You Need to Know
Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is a treatment that adds oxygen to your blood and pumps it through your body. Learn how it works, when you might need it, and what to expect.
- Support for Systemic Sclerosis With Interstitial Lung Disease
When you have systemic sclerosis with interstitial lung disease (SSc-ILD), it’s important to get support. Learn more about how to get started.
- Treatment Options for Systemic Sclerosis Interstitial Lung Disease
Learn about treatment for systemic sclerosis with interstitial lung disease (SSc-ILD).
- Risk Factors for Developing Interstitial Lung Disease
Are you at increased risk for interstitial lung disease? If you have certain autoimmune diseases that can affect your lungs or work in jobs where you’re exposed to air chemicals, you may be at risk for ILD. Find out if you need to be screened for ILD and what steps you can take to lower your risk of this disease.
- Tests for Interstitial Lung Disease
If you have systemic sclerosis, don’t ignore that chronic cough. It could be a sign of interstitial lung disease. Here’s the latest on tests to detect it.
- How Are Systemic Sclerosis and ILD Linked?
If you have an autoimmune disease called systemic sclerosis, you’re at high risk to get interstitial lung disease, too. These diseases both involve inflammation and can lead to breathing problems. Find out how to get screened early and get the latest breakthrough treatments.
- What’s the Prognosis for COPD?
The prognosis for COPD can depend on many things, including how advanced your COPD is. Learn about the things that can help you know what to expect and help your health.
- Your COPD Action Plan
Learn how a COPD action plan can help you better manage your disease.
- Pulmonary Fibrosis: Symptoms, Causes, Treatments
Pulmonary fibrosis is scarring of your lung tissue. Learn more about how it happens and how it’s treated.
- Can You Live With One Lung?
Cancer or other health problems could lead you and your doctor to decide to remove one of your lungs. In most cases, one healthy lung should be able to deliver enough oxygen and remove enough carbon dioxide for your body to stay healthy.
- COPD vs. Pulmonary Fibrosis: Differences and Similarities
COPD and IPF are lung disease whose symptoms can be so similar that doctors sometimes have trouble telling them apart. Learn how they’re alike, and how they differ.
- Paraseptal Emphysema Causes and Symptoms
Paraseptal emphysema is the least common of the three main types of emphysema. Find out the causes and symptoms of this lung disease.
- Lung Granuloma: Symptoms, Causes, and Treatments
Lung granulomas are inflamed areas on your lungs that happen because of other health issues. Find out the warning signs, causes, and treatments.
- How Churg-Strauss Syndrome Affects Organs
Churg-Strauss syndrome causes inflammation that can affect many different organs.
- How You Get a Diagnosis of Churg-Strauss Syndrome
Doctors use a combination of symptoms and test results to diagnose Churg-Strauss syndrome. Learn about the ways to find out if you have the disease.
- Treatment of Churg-Strauss Syndrome
If you have Churg-Strauss syndrome, find out what medicines bring down inflammation, control your symptoms, and put you into remission.
- CPAP Therapy and COPD
If you have COPD, can using a CPAP machine help you breathe more easily?