Respiratory problems are conditions that affect the upper respiratory tract, alveoli, bronchi, bronchioles, pleural cavity and trachea, as well as any muscles involved in breathing. Also known as respiratory disease, these issues encompass a wide variety of pathological conditions which can affect any of the organs and tissues involved in gas exchange.
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An individual who suffers from respiratory problems can experience issues that range from mild— such as a cold or flu— to severe, in the case of pneumonia, bronchitis or lung cancer. Pulmonology is the study of respiratory disease, and if you are experiencing wheezing, coughing, or any trouble breathing, visiting a pulmonologist to get a diagnosis is a helpful first step in treating these issues.
In some cases, respiratory problems can be contracted through contact with a pathogen that affects the pulmonary system, in the case of the flu virus or other communicable illnesses. However, respiratory problems can be the result of another individual’s negligent actions such as workplace or living conditions, or other situations that resulted in contracting a respiratory disease.
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Types of Respiratory Problems
With all of the complex pieces that make up the pulmonary system, there are many ways that respiratory disease can manifest itself. If any one of the delicate organs and tissues of the system are compromised, the result can be difficult to endure, and may be deadly.
The following are a few of the types of respiratory problems that can exist within our pulmonary systems:
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
- Inflammatory lung disease
- Lower respiratory tract infections
- Malignant tumors
- Neonatal disease in newborns
- Obstructive lung disease
- Pleural cavity disease
- Pulmonary vascular disease
- Upper respiratory tract infections
- …to name a few.
This list is by no means exhaustive, and there are many respiratory problems that go undiagnosed because they do not have a severe effect on the individual who has contracted them. Allergies, too, can sometimes cause chest tightness or a general feeling of breathlessness, which can be treated with medication or portable nebulizers.
Another possible case of respiratory problems are the result of an allergic reaction, such as a bee sting, which can cause tightness in the chest and asphyxiation. In the case of any medical emergency, always seek medical help immediately and refrain from the activity or remove the catalyst for the attack.
Causes of Respiratory Disease
Exposure to certain pathogens can cause infection or respiratory disease, and although there are many factors that can contribute to this, some of the most common include:
- Exposure to asbestos
- Exposure to pollution
- Exposure to toxic chemicals or fumes
- HIV/ AIDS
- …and a number of others
Cancer is one of the most well-known consequences of respiratory disease, and sadly, the rate of death from cancer does not appear to be on the decline. Primary lung carcinomas fall into six categories:
- Small cell lung cancer
- Non-small cell lung cancer
- Head and neck cancer
- Pleural Mesothelioma
- Other cancers (carcinoid, Karposi’s sarcoma, melanoma)
Some cancers can spread through the bloodstream and because cardiac output exits through the lungs, it is possible to contract cancers in organs outside of the pulmonary system. Breast cancer, liver cancer, prostate cancer, and renal cell carcinoma have the potential to be contracted through the respiratory systems, making the consequences of respiratory disease even more devastating.
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Respiratory problems and disease are a serious issue, and can result in a severe amount of personal injury for its victims and the victims’ loved ones. The skilled legal team of The Eichholz Law Firm stands with the victims of respiratory disease as an ally, and a guide to help you cope with the difficulties of such a trying time. With our main office located in Savannah, GA , our lawyers provide comprehensive legal services to many cities throughout Georgia, including:
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