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Benefits of using a humidifier
Dry indoor air is a common problem that can exacerbate respiratory symptoms, cause dry skin and hair, and even make snoring worse. In this article, learn how using a humidifier can help to alleviate these and other problems. We also describe the possible risks and how to use a humidifier safely. (Medical News Today)

Is vitamin D deficiency to blame for lung disease?
New research from Johns Hopkins University has found that individuals with low blood levels of vitamin D may be more exposed to disabling lung disease. (Medical News Today)

What to expect from a bronchoscopy
A bronchoscopy is a safe, relatively quick procedure. It allows a doctor to examine the inside of the lungs, which can help them to diagnose the cause of breathing problems or chest pain. In this article, learn what to expect before, during, and after a bronchoscopy, including recovery and possible complications. (Medical News Today)

Chest tube insertion: Procedure, complications, and removal
Doctors use chest tubes for many purposes, such as inflating a collapsed lung, draining fluid or blood, or delivering medications. In this article, learn about the conditions requiring chest tubes, the types of chest tube, the insertion process, and what to expect from recovery. We also cover possible complications. (Medical News Today)

Is it bronchitis or asthma?
Sometimes, people can find it hard to tell the difference between asthma and bronchitis. This is because both have similar symptoms that include wheezing and shortness of breath. Diagnostic tests to tell the difference include chest X-rays. There are, however, some distinct symptoms of bronchitis, too. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

Common symptoms of a sinus infection
Sinus infections, or sinusitis, occur when a virus of bacteria enters the sinuses. The symptoms of sinusitis are similar to a cold, but it also involves a feeling of pressure and congestion in the sinuses. Read on for a list of common symptoms and treatments for sinus infections. (Medical News Today)

What causes chest pain that comes and goes?
Chest pain can have many origins, including problems with the heart, muscles, and lungs. When this pain comes and goes, a person may suspect a problem with the heart. In this article, we explore possible causes of intermittent chest pain, how to tell when the problem is heart-related, and when to call a doctor. (Medical News Today)

Everything you need to know about aspiration pneumonia
Aspiration pneumonia is an infection that may occur if a person breathes something in instead of swallowing it. The germs from food particles, saliva, vomit, or other substances may infect the airways and lead to aspiration pneumonia. In this article, learn more about the treatment and complications. (Medical News Today)

Is chest pain a symptom of asthma?
There are many uncomfortable symptoms associated with asthma. These include breathing difficulties and possibly chest pain. This pain may happen before or during an asthma attack. There are many methods of prevention. Learn more about the link between asthma and chest pain, and when to see a doctor, here. (Medical News Today)

Diaphragm spasms and flutters: What to know
A diaphragm spasm is an involuntary contraction of the muscle that divides the upper abdomen and chest. A spasm may feel like a twitch or flutter and can occur with or without pain. A person may also temporarily have trouble breathing. In this article, learn what causes diaphragm spasms and when to see a doctor. (Medical News Today)

Bibasilar atelectasis: Symptoms, causes, and complications
Bibasilar atelectasis is when a lung or lobe in one of the lungs collapses. It is most common when a person is still in the hospital following a surgical procedure. In this article, learn about the symptoms, the obstructive and nonobstructive causes, possible complications, and how doctors treat bibasilar atelectasis. (Medical News Today)

Is a tickle in the chest serious?
A tickle in the chest has many possible causes. Colds and seasonal allergies are often behind this symptom, but it can also result from conditions such as anxiety, acid reflux, and arrhythmia. In this article, learn about the range of causes and how to tell if a tickle in the chest is serious enough to need treatment. (Medical News Today)

What to know about agonal breathing
Agonal breathing refers to short, labored, gasping breaths that occur because oxygen cannot reach the brain. This might be due to a person having cardiac arrest or stroke. It is considered a medical emergency. Learn more about how to identify agonal breathing and what to do when it happens. (Medical News Today)

Can vaping cause lung problems?
Many people turn to vaping as an alternative to smoking, but what are the effects of vapor on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD? Authorities are unsure about this new technology's effects on health. Learn here more about what the science says about the safety of vaping with COPD, and in general. (Medical News Today)

How to stop hiccups in newborns
Most babies get hiccups in their first year, and this is not usually a cause for concern. There are several ways to stop hiccups in newborns, such as taking breaks for burping, using pacifiers, and giving the baby gripe water. Here, learn why newborns get hiccups, how to soothe them, and when to see a doctor. (Medical News Today)

How does prednisone treat an asthma flare-up?
Prednisone is a steroid that can be used as part of a person's treatment after they have a significant asthma attack. In this article, we examine the effect the drug has on inflammation in the airways to help improve breathing, the possible side effects it can cause, and other medications that may be used alongside it. (Medical News Today)

Plant pigments may preserve lung function into old age
In addition to their natural antioxidant properties, flavonoids — the compounds that give plants their color — may keep our lungs healthy into old age. (Medical News Today)

What to know about centrilobular emphysema
Centrilobular emphysema is a form of emphysema where the damage begins in the central lobes of the lungs and spreads outward. This is distinct from panlobular emphysema. In this article, we discuss centrilobular emphysema including symptoms, causes, complications, and possible treatments. (Medical News Today)

Severe asthma: Eczema drug succeeds where others fail
Two new studies show that a common eczema drug reduces asthma symptoms and improves lung function in people who have severe asthma. (Medical News Today)

Is honey good for asthma?
Honey is a common home remedy for sore throats and coughing. It is known to have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. In this article, we find out whether it can also help to treat asthma symptoms, after exploring a range of scientific studies and research. We also describe risks and other treatments. (Medical News Today)

What is box breathing?
Box breathing is a deep breathing technique that can help people to relieve stress. It is also known as four-square breathing, and may provide benefit by reducing physical symptoms and improving mental focus. Learn how to box breathe with this article, along with the benefits of this and other deep breathing practices. (Medical News Today)

What causes a pneumomediastinum?
Pneumomediastinum refers to having air or another gas trapped in the center of the chest, an area known as the mediastinum. Injury, intense exercise, or even difficult childbirth can cause pneumomediastinum. Treatment often relies on resting until the air goes, and the condition is not usually serious. (Medical News Today)

Can marijuana help treat asthma?
Asthma is a condition that causes chronic inflammation in the airways. Research about the anti-inflammatory effects of marijuana is ongoing and often positive. In this article, we look at whether marijuana can be used to help reduce asthma symptoms. We also look at the possible risks, as smoking can worsen symptoms. (Medical News Today)

Why do I wake up gasping for air?
Waking up gasping for air can be a frightening experience, especially if it has never happened before. Fortunately, many underlying conditions, such as anxiety, sleep apnea, and GERD, are treatable. In this article, learn why a person wakes up gasping for air, what tips and medicines may help, and when to see a doctor. (Medical News Today)

Ten home remedies for wheezing
Wheezing can be caused by respiratory problems, such as asthma, allergies, and colds. A person can stop or manage wheezing at home without an inhaler by using different natural remedies and medications. In this article, learn more about the causes of wheezing in adults and babies, and home treatments for wheezing. (Medical News Today)

Exercise Preventing Asthma?
Title: Exercise Preventing Asthma?
Category: Doctor's & Expert's views on Symptoms
Created: 3/29/2001 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 6/13/2018 (Medicine Net)

Asthma in Women, Asthma in Pregnancy
Title: Asthma in Women, Asthma in Pregnancy
Category: Doctor's & Expert's views on Symptoms
Created: 4/4/2001 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 6/13/2018 (Medicine Net)

Asthma Rates Increasing
Title: Asthma Rates Increasing
Category: Doctor's & Expert's views on Symptoms
Created: 4/11/1999 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 6/13/2018 (Medicine Net)

Methotrexate Spares Steroids in Asthmatics
Title: Methotrexate Spares Steroids in Asthmatics
Category: Doctor's & Expert's views on Symptoms
Created: 12/31/1997 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 6/13/2018 (Medicine Net)

Walkable Neighborhoods Might Lower Kids' Asthma Risk
Title: Walkable Neighborhoods Might Lower Kids' Asthma Risk
Category: Health News
Created: 6/11/2018 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 6/12/2018 (Medicine Net)

Asthmatic Teens Even More Likely to Vape Than Those Without the Illness
Title: Asthmatic Teens Even More Likely to Vape Than Those Without the Illness
Category: Health News
Created: 5/31/2018 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 6/1/2018 (Medicine Net)

Health Tip: Identifying Asthma Triggers
Title: Health Tip: Identifying Asthma Triggers
Category: Health News
Created: 5/15/2018 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 5/15/2018 (Medicine Net)

Got Asthma? Avoid Allergens
Title: Got Asthma? Avoid Allergens
Category: Health News
Created: 4/21/2018 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 4/23/2018 (Medicine Net)

Boosting Steroid Dose May Not Reduce Kids' Asthma Flare-Ups
Title: Boosting Steroid Dose May Not Reduce Kids' Asthma Flare-Ups
Category: Health News
Created: 3/3/2018 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 3/5/2018 (Medicine Net)

Asthma Doesn't Have to Ruin Your Valentine's Day
Title: Asthma Doesn't Have to Ruin Your Valentine's Day
Category: Health News
Created: 2/14/2018 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 2/14/2018 (Medicine Net)

Asthma Attacks on the Decline Among U.S. Kids
Title: Asthma Attacks on the Decline Among U.S. Kids
Category: Health News
Created: 2/6/2018 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 2/7/2018 (Medicine Net)

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