Lung & Respiratory Health

Respiratory System Anatomy and Physiology

Respiratory System Anatomy and Physiology

Oxygen: Essential for Survival All the cells of the body require oxygen to generate energy from food in the body. Without it, they would not have survived to move, build, reproduce, and turn food into energy. This oxygen is obtained from breathing in air, which happens involuntarily. The respiratory system’s… Read more »

Pneumonia: Signs and Symptoms of Pneumonia

Pneumonia: Signs and Symptoms of Pneumonia

Signs and Symptoms of Pneumonia Initially, symptoms of a common cold followed by high-grade fever, shaking chills, and a cough with sputum production The sputum is usually discolored and sometimes bloody Patients may have breathing difficulties and shortness of breath Chest pain may develop if the peripheral part of the… Read more »

Home remedies for Bronchitis

Home remedies for Bronchitis

Bronchitis is a common ailment, which causes a significant amount of discomfort. Bronchitis happens due to the inflammation of the bronchi’s mucous membrane (the respiratory tract that carries air from the trachea to the lungs). Depending on the severity of the condition, bronchitis is of two types (i) acute bronchitis… Read more »

Bronchitis: Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis & Treatment

Bronchitis: Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis & Treatment

Overview of bronchitis Bronchitis is an inflammation of the bronchial tubes, which carry air to and from your lungs. Bronchitis is characterized by coughing, chest tightness, as well as shortness of breath.  There are two different types of bronchitis. Acute bronchitis and  Chronic bronchitis  Symptoms of bronchitis Symptoms of acute bronchitis… Read more »

Strep Throat (Bacterial): What is Strep Throat. Signs, Risk factors & Treatment

Strep Throat (Bacterial): What is Strep Throat. Signs, Risk factors & Treatment

Strep throat is also called as streptococcal pharyngitis. Introduction to Strep Throat Strep throat is a bacterial infection in the throat and the tonsils. This is commonly called streptococcal sore throat and is caused by the group A Streptococcus species. In this condition, the throat becomes scratchy and inflamed, resulting in a… Read more »

The Effect of Obesity on Asthma

The Effect of Obesity on Asthma

Obesity has long been recognized as a predisposing factor for several chronic diseases like heart disease, diabetes, and has globally affected people in many parts of the world. However, there is increasing evidence that obesity is also closely related to asthma. It has been observed that obesity is associated with… Read more »

Dry Cough: Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis & Treatment

Dry Cough: Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis & Treatment

Coughing is a natural mechanism of the body to clean the airways. The airways may get irritated after inhalation of smoke, dust, microbes, foreign particles, etc. At times, people suffering from heartburn may suffer from coughing bouts due to rising stomach acid. The presence of excessive phlegm could trigger cough… Read more »

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD):

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD):

Overview of Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a preventable and treatable disease characterized by airflow limitation that is not fully reversible.1 It is an inflammatory disorder secondary to the chronic inhalation of primarily tobacco smoke leading to progressive deterioration in the pulmonary function. Chronic… Read more »

Shortness of Breath: Causes, Medical Evaluation & Treatment

Shortness of Breath: Causes, Medical Evaluation & Treatment

It is quite frightening at times, when one faces difficulty breathing. Shortness of breath occurs when there is shortage of oxygen that reaches the lungs. Breathing involves inhalation and exhalation of air. When air cannot reach the lungs, it leads to a medical disorder called dyspnea, that we know in… Read more »

Asthma: Alternate Therapy, Self Management

Asthma: Alternate Therapy, Self Management

Ayurveda Ayurvedic medicine is used by many practitioners in India for over 5000 years for treating many chronic illnesses. The regime uses natural herbal and mineral remedies along with other modes of treatment including diet changes, breathing exercise, yoga and lifestyle changes. Ayurvedic medicine helps to balance the over-reactive bronchi… Read more »

Asthma: Management of Asthma & Care

Asthma: Management of Asthma & Care

General Measures The most effective treatment for asthma is identifying the triggers and avoiding exposure to those agents. Desensitization to allergens has been shown to be a treatment option for certain patients. Smoking cessation and avoidance of secondhand smoke is recommended for all asthmatics. In patients with EIA, higher levels… Read more »

Asthma: Types, Causes and Triggers

Asthma: Types, Causes and Triggers

Previously the condition was divided into two defined types of asthma: extrinsic (allergic) and intrinsic (nonallergic) asthma. Now-a-days, the illness can be classified into a number of different types as following: Allergic Asthma Extrinsic or allergic asthma (AA) is the more common type and represents about 90% of all cases… Read more »

Asthma: Symptoms, Diagnosis & Treatment

Asthma: Symptoms, Diagnosis & Treatment

Overview of asthma Asthma is a chronic, inflammatory condition characterized by reversible airflow obstruction and airway hyperresponsiveness. This disease which can occur at any age, accounts for thousands of hospitalizations each year and requires long-term follow-up. Epidemiological and observational evidence had shown an increasing morbidity and mortality due to asthma… Read more »

Common Cold: How, What and Why? & Treatment Options.

Common Cold: How, What and Why? & Treatment Options.

Overview of common cold The common cold is a viral illness that affects persons of all ages. There are many viruses responsible for the cold. There has been a lot of research done for a cure for this condition, but until now, there has been little progress except for some… Read more »

Cough: Types, Clinical Evalutaion & Management of Cough.

Cough: Types, Clinical Evalutaion & Management of Cough.

Introduction to cough Cough is a critical and a complex mechanism, which helps in ‘protecting the respiratory system’. It occurs due to the irritation and inflammation of the upper respiratory tract, which includes throat and windpipe. This irritation may be caused due to infections like Common cold Laryngitis Flu Bronchitis… Read more »