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Let’s breathe healthily
25 Oct 2021
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Overview

For a healthy life, it is crucial to look after our lungs. Lungs are sponge-like organs that are occupied in the chest area. Lungs work nonstop to provide oxygen to our bodies and to remove carbon dioxide. 

Your lungs expand and contracts hundreds of times every day to take in oxygen and expel carbon dioxide. Lung illness can develop when any portion of the respiratory system is compromised.

Lung diseases are not something new nowadays. Every other person has some kind of lung disease. There are different types of lung diseases like cold, flu, cough, asthma, allergies and the list goes on. Let us make sure our lungs are doing just fine, our lungs are worth it.

Let’s breathe

People take breathing for granted. On average, we inhale 12-20 times in a minute. And when the oxygen was totally free back then, we started polluting the air and now it is no more free. Inhalation of polluted air can cause lung disorders. We have a tendency to put off dealing with our health problems until they become serious. 

The structure of the lung tissue is affected for many reasons. The lungs are unable to expand adequately due to scarring or inflammation of the tissue (restrictive lung disease).

The lungs have a hard time taking in oxygen and releasing carbon dioxide as a result of this. People who suffer from this sort of lung disease frequently describe themselves as “wearing a too-tight sweater or vest”. As a result, they are unable to take deep breaths. Lung tissue diseases include pulmonary fibrosis and sarcoidosis.

Lung cancer is most common in smokers, although it can also strike persons who have never smoked. The amount of time and number of cigarettes you smoke raises your risk of lung cancer. You can dramatically reduce your risk of developing lung cancer if you quit smoking, even if you’ve been smoking for a long time.

Other than inhaling polluted air, lung diseases can occur for a number of reasons like hereditary, smoking, and more. Some of the most common respiratory diseases are:

  • Cough 
  • Allergies 
  • Colds 
  • Asthma 
  • Tuberculosis
  • Lung cancer
  • chronic obstructive pulmonary disease COPD 
  • Bronchitis,
  • Pulmonary fibrosis
  • Sarcoidosis, 
  • Pulmonary hypertension. 

Asthma

Asthma is a condition in which your airways are inflamed and spasm, resulting in wheezing and shortness of breath. It can be triggered by allergies, infections, or pollutants. 

Acute Bronchitis

Acute bronchitis is a condition in which the lungs become inflamed. A virus is typically to blame for this rapid inflammation of your airways.

Emphysema

When the weak linkages between alveoli are broken and thereby hindering the flow of air. The most common cause is smoking. Emphysema also affects your airways by limiting airflow.

Lung Cancer

It can take many different forms and begin in any area of your lungs. It usually occurs in or around the air sacs in the major section of your lung.

Cystic fibrosis

Cystic fibrosis is a disease that affects the lungs. You have problems removing mucus from your bronchi if you have this disorder. This results in recurrent lung infections.

Warning Signs – Lung Diseases

If your breathing rate is under 12 or over 25 while resting then it is abnormal. We can consider consulting a pulmonologist if we have the following symptoms:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Wheezing
  • Severe cough
  • Chest pain while inhale and exhale
  • Blood or mucus is coughed out
  • Fatigue
  • Regular respiratory infection

If you are struggling with any other symptoms then please do consider visiting a pulmonologist. Early diagnosis can help to provide proper treatment and thereby can save lives.

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