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Interstitial Lung Disease

Interstitial Lung Disease


NEF_asthmaMore than 15 million people in the United States are currently living with asthma. Asthma is a breathing condition characterized by intermittent wheezing, shortness of breath and widespread narrowing of the airways. These symptoms can range from mild to severe, depending on the severity of the disease, and are generally only present during an asthma attack.

While those people living with asthma have it all the time, they will only have asthma attacks when outside irritants bother their lungs. These include dust, pollen, animal dander, mold, and other allergens, as well as exercise, stress and cold dry air. When exposed to these irritants, the airways of those people living with asthma become inflamed, resulting in swelling of the lining of the bronchi in hyper-responsiveness. As a result, less air is allowed in and out of the lungs, making it difficult to breathe.

While asthma cannot be cured, it can be controlled by understanding the warning signs of an attack, staying away from those factors that trigger an attack, and following the advice of your doctor or medical professional. Treatment is also available by way of both short-acting and long-acting bronchodilators, which deliver medication to the lungs. For some people, asthma may improve spontaneously, while others may improve as a result of treatment.

Advice for COPD/Emphysema Patients from Dr. Petty


March 19, 2010
Dr Petty Memoriam
National Emphysema Foundation loses close friend, early advocate.

July 19, 2009
The Normal Lung
The Magnificent Lungs (Understanding the lungs and the role they play in your life)

July 19, 2009
When You Can’t Sleep
Insomnia, that is, the inability to fall asleep and stay asleep at appropriate times is a very common problem.

July 19, 2009
Will They Ever Find a Cure for Asthma?
As a clinician and clinical scientist, and one who likes to speak to public groups, I am often asked the question, which is the title of this month’s newsletter.

July 19, 2009
It’s Never Too Late to Stop Smoking
Almost everyone knows of the harmful effects of tobacco smoke. It has been conservatively estimated that regular smokers of cigarettes sacrifice seven years of life.

July 19, 2009
Is Prednisone a Friend or Foe?
Probably just about everyone who reads this monthly Newsletter knows about prednisone.  Prednisone is in a class of drugs called corticosteroids, related to the cortisone group of medications.

July 19, 2009
Assessment of the Patient — Your Evaluation as a Possible COPD Patient
Here is a personal checklist that will enable you to determine whether you should consult your physician.

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