Lung Disease TreatmentWappingers Falls, NY
While you might be reluctant to accept it, the nagging cough you have been dealing with might be a sign that you need professional specialist treatment. Far too often, people try to ignore the symptoms with medication that does not actually treat the condition.
Symptoms of Lung Disease to Watch Out For
Simple things like wheezing, coughing or difficulty breathing are often perceived as signs of aging, but they are also the first symptoms of lung disease. The earlier you seek treatment at our practice, the sooner we can begin to help you recover.
If you are in need of lung disease treatment or one of our other pulmonary treatments, call us and begin the path to healing.
Here are a few of the different types of lung disease symptoms to watch out for.
A chronic cough that lasts longer than a month
This form of a cough is a clear sign that there is something wrong with the patient's respiratory system. Until we conduct specific tests, we cannot know the condition or cause.
Shortness of breath without any exertion
While shortness of breath is normal after intense exercise, it should go away quickly after resting for a bit. Patients who have difficulty breathing, even when they do not exert themselves, need to see a pulmonologist immediately.
Excessive Mucus Production
This is the body's response to irritants or infections in the respiratory system. If this continues for several days or weeks, then the patient needs to listen to their body and seek treatment.
This is usually a sign that there is something preventing the lungs from functioning properly.
Coughing Out Blood
It is never a good thing to cough up blood. Coughing up blood is a clear sign that there is something wrong with a person's respiratory system.
Chronic Chest PainThis can be intensified while coughing or breathing.
What to Expect with Lung Disease Treatment
Patients should prepare to answer questions and go through tests during their visits. Some steps the patients can take include:
- Bring their medical record with them
- Write a list of all the medications they are currently taking
- Write a list of all the healthcare providers they visit regularly
Depending on the symptoms the patient is experiencing, the pulmonologist might decide to perform various tests.
Full Pulmonary Function Tests
These are a series of tests that measure the patient's airflow and lung size. There are other tests that measure the rate at which the blood absorbs oxygen, like arterial blood gas tests and pulse oximetry tests. There is also a test that measures how much nitric oxide the patient exhales with each breath, known as a Fractional Exhaled Nitric Oxide test (FENO).
A patient might have to take these tests to determine the type of lung disease treatment they need. These tests also help us to better assess how well a particular course of treatment is working.
There are pulmonary function tests that can help diagnose and treat chronic issues like asthma. An exercise-induced asthma test is necessary before and after a person works up a sweat on a treadmill. We use this to measure how physical activity affects the patient's ability to breathe properly. This test is usually reserved for asthma induced by exercise rather than allergens.
Pulmonary Fibrosis Test
Pulmonary fibrosis occurs when a person's lung tissues become scarred and damaged. The damage causes the tissues to stiffen up and make it more difficult for the lungs to do their job. The longer this disease goes untreated, the harder it is to breathe.
There are a variety of things that can lead to scarring on a person's lungs. At first, the pulmonologist might not be able to pinpoint the cause. This is known as idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. While the damage of pulmonary fibrosis is not reversible or repairable, certain medications can ease symptoms and improve the patient's quality of life. Some patients might need a lung transplant to restore their health.
We will conduct pulmonary function tests before making a diagnosis. Imaging tests like X-rays and computerized tomography scans are often the first course of action. Depending on the results of these initial tests, further testing might be necessary.
COPD stands for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. It is a lung disease that is chronic in nature and obstructs the airflow through the lungs. Common symptoms of COPD include excessive mucus production, chronic coughs, wheezing and difficulty breathing.
COPD is a result of exposure to matter or gasses that irritate the lungs, like cigarette smoke. People with COPD have a higher risk of developing lung cancer, heart disease and a number of other health issues.
Chronic bronchitis and emphysema are the two most common conditions that lead to COPD. Bronchitis is when the bronchial tubes in the lungs are inflamed, and the most common symptoms are excessive mucus production and coughing. Emphysema occurs when the alveoli at the end of the bronchioles have been destroyed due to long-term exposure to irritating gases.
Fortunately, COPD is a treatable condition. For more information on treatment and our services, call us today to schedule an appointment.
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