Respiratory Disorders

Asthma is a long-term condition that affects your airways – the tubes that carry air in and out of your lungs. You could say that someone with asthma has ‘sensitive’ airways that are inflamed and ready to react when they come into contact with something that ‘triggers’ the airway Asthma tends to run in families, especially when there’s also a history of allergies.
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Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the name for a group of lung conditions that cause breathing difficulties. COPD is a common condition that mainly affects middle-aged or older adults who smoke. Many people don’t realise they have it. The breathing problems tend to get gradually worse over time and can limit your normal activities, although treatment can help keep the condition under control.
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Chronic cough is defined as a cough that lasts eight weeks or longer in adults. It may be difficult to find the problem that’s causing a chronic cough, the most common causes are postnasal drip, blood pressure medications, smoking, asthma and acid reflux. Chronic cough usually disappears once the underlying problem is treated.
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A Lung nodule is a small growth on the lung. To be considered a lung nodule, the growth usually must be smaller than 3 centimetres.
Lung nodules are either considered noncancerous or cancerous. A noncancerous nodule is called benign, and a cancerous lung nodule is referred to as malignant. Growths that are larger than 3 centimetres are usually called lung masses and typically have a higher chance of being cancerous.
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Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD) describes a group of disorders, that’s cause progressive scarring of lung tissue. ILD affects your ability to breathe and get enough oxygen into your bloodstream.
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Bronchiectasis is due to damage to the airways which makes them enlarged. This is mainly because the lining (cilia) of airways are damaged or destroyed. Mucus cannot then be cleared easily from the lung. This allows infection which leads to damage to the airways.
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Sarcoidosis is a condition where tiny lumps (nodules), known as granulomas, develop at various sites within your body, due to inflammation. These granulomas are made up of cells involved in inflammation.
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