Trouble Breathing? It Could be a Respiratory Condition

Lungs are crucial to life. There is no human life without the ability to breathe air after all. Since air is so crucial, diseases and conditions that affect our ability to breathe can be devastating to those who have them.

It can affect almost every aspect of a person’s life in a negative way.

There are many respiratory conditions out there that affect people's breathing. These diseases tend towards chronic problems that don’t have an easy cure or fix. Preventative measures are typically the best way to deal with respiratory conditions. You don’t need to treat a condition if you manage to avoid ever having it.

Respiratory Conditions

COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)

COPD refers to the entire branch of respiratory conditions that can include many of the diseases and conditions discussed later in this article including Asthma, Emphysema, bronchitis, and bronchiectasis. Generally, people suffering from COPD have consistent symptoms. These symptoms tend to be shared through the various diseases. They are the common symptoms that affect breathing. Coughing, wheezing and feeling tightness in your chest when you shouldn’t is a sign that there may be problems.

Asthma

There are legions of people who have asthma. It’s one of the most common respiratory conditions in the world. Asthma can be chronic but commonly has severe attacks. These attacks are countered by prescription drugs which are commonly inhaled.

Asthma is very commonly developed during childhood, but it can also be developed as an adult. If you are concerned that you might have asthma, you should look for some of these symptoms. Asthmatics commonly have many issues in and around the chest. They often have shortness of breath of chest pain. When they are ill, the coughing and wheezing attacks that come with a cold or flu become incredibly violent.

Asthma can flare up in dry air conditions, but a lot of people also suffer when allergic substances in the air are inhaled. Pollen, mold. and dust are awful triggers of asthma. Those who have it and exercise will often struggle and have problems breathing while they are working out.

Emphysema

Emphysema is a truly serious lung condition. When you have emphysema, your lung tissue is eaten away. People who have emphysema should look for a telltale cough as well as wheezing and an inability to exercise for a long period of time. If you are concerned about this respiratory condition you should seek medical attention with some urgency. Emphysema doesn’t mess around.

Emphysema is most commonly caused by smoking. There are other ways that emphysema can be developed, but avoiding smoking and secondhand smoke are the best ways to make sure that you don’t develop emphysema.

Lung Infection Symptoms

We have gone through the most common symptoms (the coughing, wheezing, etc), but there are also other symptoms that can commonly suggest that there are lung infection issues at play. Here are some of the other potential symptoms:

  • Mucus Issues - Increases or decreases in the amount of mucus being produced while healthy is one sign that your lungs may be infected in some manner.
  • Fever - Consistent fever can often be a sign that there’s a lung issue. Fever is the body’s natural reaction when it is fighting an infection of some kind.
  • Shortness of Breath - This can cover a wide variety of situations. But generally, it’s a shortness of breath during normal day to day activities. That’s a significant and common warning sign.
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