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AsthmaChest & Lung
August 8, 2019

Get control of your asthma this spring

Ah, spring! Flowers are in bloom; warmer weather is here, and the skies are blue. Unfortunately, so are spring allergies. If you have asthma, these affect you even more.
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Chest & Lung
June 17, 2019

What is idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis?

diopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a type of lung disease that results in scarring (fibrosis) of the lungs for an unknown reason. Over time, this scarring gets worse making it hard to and it becomes hard breathe effectively.
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AsthmaChest & Lung
June 17, 2019

Is mould causing your asthma?

Ever notice that green stuff growing in shady damp areas? It’s called mould. Mould is a microscopic fungus responsible for decomposing dead organic material.
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AsthmaChest & Lung
October 8, 2018

New asthma treatments for better control

Asthma is a chronic disease that affects your airways, making it difficult to breathe. With asthma, your air passages are temporarily narrowed, either by inflammation or increased mucus production. This affects the amount of oxygen that travels in and out of your lungs. Common symptoms include coughing, shortness of breath, wheezing and chest tightness. Triggers for asthma include sinusitis, cold and flu, allergens like mould and spores, tobacco, weather changes (e.g. cold air), irritants like perfumes, strong emotions like stress and anxiety, and medication like aspirin. With treatment, you can live with this condition, but asthma that’s not treated properly…
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Chest & Lung
September 18, 2018

What is COPD?

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is an umbrella term we use to describe any progressive lung disease. It includes chronic bronchitis, stubborn, unmanageable or severe asthma and emphysema. Chronic: It’s a long-term condition and doesn’t go away. Obstructive: Your airways are narrowed, which makes it harder to breathe out quickly. Pulmonary: It affects your lungs. Disease: It’s a medical condition. Symptoms The most common symptoms of COPD are breathlessness (a “need for air”), chronic cough, and mucus production. COPD develops slowly and becomes apparent after the age of 40 or 50 years. As the condition gradually worsens, your usual activities like…
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Chest & LungTuberculosis
September 17, 2018

The differences between TB and pneumonia

These two conditions have similar symptoms, but they are very different! Here’s what you need to know. Signs and symptoms It's not possible to diagnose TB or pneumonia, without some investigations, like x-rays and sputum tests. They can look very similar, with coughing, weakness, and fever, but here are some of the main symptoms to look out for in each condition: Tuberculosis Pneumonia Chest pain, or pain with breathing and coughing Sweating A fever higher in the afternoon Chest pain Sweating excessively at night. Tiredness Night chills Shortness of breath Tiredness that gets worse as the day goes on Cough Weight…
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AsthmaChest & Lung
August 10, 2018

These foods can make your asthma worse

If you have asthma, it’s important to always be aware of your triggers and find ways of avoiding them. Your triggers aren’t limited to just your environment. It’s worth taking a look at your diet. Having asthma puts you at an increased risk of having a food allergy which can cause asthma symptoms. In some people, exercising after eating an allergy-causing food leads to asthma symptoms. Not everyone will react the same way to the same foods. So, watch your reaction to particular foods and avoid them if necessary. Some of the foods that may cause an allergic reaction: eggs…
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Chest & Lung
March 7, 2018

How to prevent lung infections

Our lungs are incredible organs: they allow us to inhale oxygen, literally filling our blood with the breath of life. Oxygen is the one thing we need to keep the cells in our body alive. We can only get oxygen through our lungs, so if we have any lung-condition, from asthma, bronchitis, tuberculosis to pneumonia, it can become very dangerous - even fatal - if not treated. How do you get it? The natural environment of your lungs is moist which makes it easy for bacteria and viruses to get in. Whether you’re catching public transport or driving along the…
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Chest & LungTuberculosis
October 31, 2017

What exactly is TB? Here are the basics

In the past, TB was called ‘’consumption", because of the way it literally consumed infected people from the inside. Luckily for us, today TB is treatable. Here’s what you need to know about it. What is Tuberculosis? Tuberculosis (TB) is an infectious disease caused by bacteria. While it mostly affects the lungs, it can also affect organs in the central nervous system, lymphatic system, gastro-intestinal system and circulatory system. TB is classified as being either latent or active. Latent TB occurs when the bacteria are present in the body, but this state is inactive and presents no symptoms. Latent TB…
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AsthmaChest & Lung
October 27, 2017

How to stay in control of your Asthma

If you suffer from asthma and take medication for it, then you likely already know what triggers an attack for you. Allergies and intensive exercise are common triggers for most people, but the good news is that both of these triggers can be managed – it just takes a bit of know-how and vigilance. What Actually Causes Asthma In The First Place? It’s very difficult to nail down exactly causes a person to become asthmatic, but doctors believe it could come down to genetic predisposition and under-exposure to allergens at an early age. Under-exposure would happen if a child is…
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