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What to know about making yourself sneeze

What to know about making yourself sneeze

Sneezing or sternutation is an involuntary release of air from the nose. It is the body’s way of getting irritants out of the nasal passages. Allergens, viruses, other irritants, and trauma to the nose can cause sneezing. Sneezes are typically powerful and can occur suddenly. However, sometimes people may have the urge to sneeze but […]

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What is a bronchospasm and what causes it?

What is a bronchospasm and what causes it?

A bronchospasm occurs when the muscles that line the airways of the lungs constrict or tighten, reducing airflow by 15 percent or more. People with asthma, allergies, and lung conditions are more likely to develop bronchospasms than those without these conditions, as are young children and people over 65 years of age. Bronchospasms, in themselves, […]

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What to know about double pneumonia

What to know about double pneumonia

Double pneumonia is an infection of both lungs. A virus, bacteria or fungus causes the tiny sacs of the lungs, called alveoli, to become inflamed and fill with fluid or pus, causing a range of symptoms, including breathing difficulties. Doctors sometimes refer to double pneumonia as bilateral pneumonia. Pneumonia is the leading cause of infectious […]

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Pneumonitis: Symptoms, causes, and treatments

Pneumonitis: Symptoms, causes, and treatments

Pneumonitis is a disorder where a person has an allergic reaction in their lungs caused by certain inhaled substances. The condition is also referred to as hypersensitivity pneumonitis. The reaction they have to these substances can cause air sacs in one or both lungs to become inflamed. If untreated, the condition can cause long-term damage […]

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Two studies show links between asthma and fertility treatment, and between e-cigarette vaping in mothers and asthma in offspring

Two studies show links between asthma and fertility treatment, and between e-cigarette vaping in mothers and asthma in offspring

Asthma linked to increase in fertility treatment. Women with asthma are more likely to have fertility treatment before giving birth than non-asthmatic women, according to new research presented at the European Respiratory Society International Congress. Among 744 pregnant asthmatic women enrolled in the Management of Asthma During Pregnancy programme at the Hvidovre Hospital, Hvidovre, Denmark, […]

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Coughing so hard you vomit: Causes and treatments

Coughing so hard you vomit: Causes and treatments

A cough is the body’s response to the presence of something irritating in the throat or the airway. The purpose of a cough is for air to force the irritant out to prevent choking or infection. Sometimes, a cough is very forceful and loud. While most coughing is not serious, a strong cough can break […]