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Human Lungs

Do you know millions of Americans suffer from different types of lung diseases? Asthma, bronchitis are a name few. Many people don’t realize that how smoking, pollution, and other lifestyle factors badly impact on their lung health. There is no surprise if lung diseases are counted as one of the most common medical conditions in the world. Lung diseases either make it difficult for you to breathe in or breathe out or are certainly irritating when one experience constant coughing, suffocation or other uncomfortable symptoms. Lung diseases can reduce the quality of your life. Some of the most common lung diseases are:

Chronic cough
Although anyone can develop a chronic cough and constant coughing can be extremely annoying and irritating for the person him/herself and others around him or her. It can ruin your sleep and make you feel exhausted throughout the day. The most common causes of a cough are smoking, postnasal drip, asthma, acid reflux, cold, and influenza.

Asthma is a chronic condition in which the airways are persistently inflamed making the breathing difficult for a sufferer. When your airways are inflamed or swollen, they become very sensitive causing you a number of symptoms including wheezing, coughing, chest tightness and trouble breathing. Also, people with allergic asthma are extremely sensitive to those allergens in the air such as tree pollens or household allergens like dust mites and molds. Asthma can be proven life-threatening if the sufferer doesn’t have his or her emergency inhalers handy when they are out and alone.

Chronic bronchitis
COPD or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is a progressive disease that makes breathing difficult. Irritants such as chemical smoke or cigarette smoke can cause trouble for your airways by producing thick mucus and pus and clogging the airways. As a result, one finds it difficult to breathe. Other irritants like air pollution and dust can also contribute to the development of COPD.

Tuberculosis, commonly known as TB is a bacterial infection and most often found in the lungs. TB can be effectively cured with the help of antibiotics. TB was once a widespread disease and people would fear of getting it. However, antibiotics helped to wipe out the infection virtually. But the fear still remains as multidrug-resistant TB can be resurfaced. It’s because the bacteria can become resistant to antibiotics making the treatment a prolonged one.