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Common Respiratory Conditions

Texas Pulmonary Institute -  - Pulmonary Medicine

Texas Pulmonary Institute

Pulmonary Medicine & Critical Care Medicine located in Port Arthur, TX

If you have an acute or chronic respiratory condition, you can rely on the expertise of Roozbeh Sharif, MD, and the team at Texas Pulmonary Institute in Port Arthur, Texas. The team specializes in diagnosing and treating common respiratory conditions like pneumonia and bronchitis. They tailor treatment plans to your needs to help you breathe easier and reduce your risk for serious, long-term health complications. To schedule a diagnostic evaluation for common respiratory conditions, call Texas Pulmonary Institute or book an appointment online today.

 

Common Respiratory Conditions Q&A

What are common respiratory conditions?

A number of conditions can affect your respiratory health. The team at Texas Pulmonary Institute can diagnose and treat a variety of conditions that affect your respiratory health. They include:

Bronchitis

Bronchitis is a respiratory condition that involves inflammation in the lining of your bronchial tubes. These tubes carry air to and from your lungs, and when they become inflamed, you might cough up thick mucus and have difficulty breathing, chest discomfort, and fatigue.

You can have acute bronchitis from a cold or the flu, with symptoms that last for a few weeks. The condition can also become chronic, especially if you smoke, and causes symptoms that last for months or years.

Influenza

Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory condition that results from the influenza virus. Flu symptoms can range from mild to severe and may include fever, persistent cough, sore throat, and body aches.

More serious complications of the flu can include respiratory failure, kidney failure, and heart inflammation. The virus can also worsen conditions like asthma and chronic heart disease.

Pneumonia

Pneumonia is a lung infection that causes inflammation in the air sacs of your lungs. This type of infection can cause your lungs to fill with fluid or pus, which makes it difficult to breathe and causes chronic coughing and fevers.

Respiratory infection

A respiratory infection describes a viral or bacterial infection that interferes with your ability to breathe. The infection may start in areas of your upper respiratory system, such as your sinuses, or in your lower respiratory system, which starts at your vocal cords and ends with your lungs.

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

COPD describes a group of diseases that interfere with normal airflow in your lungs. Common types of COPD include chronic bronchitis and emphysema, both of which can cause breathing difficulties, chronic coughing, wheezing, and excess mucus production.

COPD is a progressive disease, and symptoms can get worse over time. The primary cause of this disease is smoking.

How are common respiratory conditions diagnosed?

The team at Texas Pulmonary Institute offers in-office testing for common respiratory conditions. Testing might include:

  • Spirometry
  • Bronchoscopy
  • Pulmonary function test
  • Computed tomography (CT) scan

The team may also use blood testing to identify respiratory infections.

How are common respiratory conditions treated?

Treatment plans for common respiratory conditions depend on the condition you have. The team at Texas Pulmonary Institute offers:

  • Antibiotics
  • Antivirals
  • Bronchodilators
  • Antihistamines
  • Corticosteroids

You might also need supplemental oxygen to treat advanced conditions like COPD and other respiratory conditions.

If you need help managing a respiratory condition, call Texas Pulmonary Institute or book a consultation online today.