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Breathing treatments: Everything you need to know

Breathing treatments: Everything you need to know

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Can nonsmokers get COPD?

Can nonsmokers get COPD?

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What is pursed lip breathing?

What is pursed lip breathing?

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What to know about bullectomy

What to know about bullectomy

Bullae are large air pockets that form inside the lung due to certain medical conditions, such as emphysema and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Doctors may recommend a bullectomy, which is the surgical removal of the bullae, if they cause breathing problems or other health complications. Bullae often grow in size once they form. Without treatment, […]

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What to know about acute respiratory failure

What to know about acute respiratory failure

When a person has acute respiratory failure, the usual exchange between oxygen and carbon dioxide in the lungs does not occur. As a result, enough oxygen cannot reach the heart, brain, or the rest of the body. This can cause symptoms such as shortness of breath, a bluish tint in the face and lips, and […]

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Natural ways to cleanse your lungs

Natural ways to cleanse your lungs

Lung cleansing techniques may benefit people who smoke, people who get regular exposure to air pollution, and those with chronic conditions that affect the respiratory system, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and cystic fibrosis. Breathing in air pollution, cigarette smoke, and other toxins can damage the lungs and even cause health conditions. Maintaining […]

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What causes difficulty breathing?

What causes difficulty breathing?

The symptoms of many conditions include difficulty breathing, which can be mild or severe. A person who is having difficulty breathing feels short of breath, has trouble inhaling or exhaling, or feels as though they cannot get enough oxygen. Very often, people experience trouble breathing after exercising or when they feel anxious. In some cases, […]

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What is a normal respiratory rate?

What is a normal respiratory rate?

Respiratory rates change based on many health and activity factors. Normal respiratory rates also differ in adults and children. The respiratory rate is the number of breaths someone takes every minute and is one of the main vital signs, along with blood pressure, pulse, and temperature. When a person inhales, oxygen enters their lungs and […]

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What to know about obstructive lung disease

What to know about obstructive lung disease

Obstructive lung disease is a type of lung disease that occurs due to blockages or obstructions in the airways. Blockages damage the lungs and cause their airways to narrow. This damage leads to difficulty breathing. In this article, we look at the causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of several types of obstructive lung disease. What […]

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COPD and anxiety: Researchers test promising approach

COPD and anxiety: Researchers test promising approach

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease affects millions of people worldwide. Its main symptom is breathlessness, which can be distressing and causes many people with this lung condition to experience anxiety. People with COPD-related anxiety would benefit from cognitive behavioral therapy, a new trial finds. According to data from the World Health Organization (WHO), an estimated 3.17 […]