A pulmonary disease is a condition that results from an abnormality in the lung. Examples of pulmonary disease are Asthma, Bronchitis, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Pneumonia, Chest infections, Lung cancer and Cystic Fibrosis. These conditions may cause shortness of breath, chest discomfort, cough and wheezing.
Asthma is a pulmonary disorder that affects an estimated 23 million people in the U.S. It is a chronic condition that affects the airways and causes shortness of breath, chest tightness, wheezing and cough.
Bronchitis is caused by inflammation or infection in the lungs that results in cough and sputum production. It can be acute meaning it started suddenly and resolves after it runs its course or it can be chronic meaning it is continuous.
There are different types of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and smoking as the leading cause. COPD includes both emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Some people have predominantly one or the other while others have a combination of the two.
Many people suffer from pneumonia each year, which is when the lungs become infected. Bacteria is the most common cause for pneumonia but it can also be caused by a virus or fungus.
Cancer of the lung is the result of the growth and reproduction of abnormal cells that eventually form a tumor. Lung cancer may be detected early when an abnormal nodule shows up on a chest x-ray.
Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is a genetic disorder that affects many organs, including the lungs. Patients with CF experience…