Lung & Respiratory Disorders

Learn about lung diseases and conditions, including common infections and emphysema. Some of these conditions may be treated by your primary care doctor, or you may be referred to another physician, such as a pulmonary specialist, for evaluation and treatment.

If you do not see a topic of interest to you, please try the A to Z listing of health conditions.

recommended reading
These articles provide in-depth information and are written to help you make the best healthcare decisions for you and your loved ones.
Acute Bronchitis
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
Sleep Apnea
Smoking Cessation

decision points
When dealing with an illness or health problem, you have to make decisions—when to call a doctor, which test to have, and what treatment to use. Decision Points are designed to help you learn about your choices and options, and to prepare you to work with your healthcare provider to make the best decision for your care.
Should I have a sleep study to diagnose obstructive sleep apnea?
Should I have surgery to treat obstructive sleep apnea?

action sets
Action Sets are designed to help you take an active role in managing a health condition. Action Sets provide the tools and information you can use in the day-to-day management of your health conditions.
Avoiding weight loss when you have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
Eating well when you have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
Exercises for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
Using a metered-dose inhaler (MDI)
tests & procedures

Your doctor may recommend one or more of the following tests to evaluate your condition.

Arterial Blood Gases
Chest X-Ray
History and Physical Examination for COPD
Lung Function Tests
Sputum Culture

For other tests and diagnostic procedures use the section of this site called Medical Tests A to Z.

Asthma in Teens and Adults  
Influenza Virus Vaccine
Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine (Pneumovax)
medication center
medication assistance

This section provides you with an alphabetical listing of more than 1,000 medications, including prescription drugs and those you can purchase over-the-counter. Just select your medications to learn more about them. You can choose your medication by brand name or generic name.

Medications A-Z

If you are having difficulty paying for your medications you may qualify for financial assistance or free medications. Visit the Medication Assistance Center to learn about available medication and insurance programs.

Don't let financial problems stop you from getting the treatment you need; there are resources and organizations that may be able to help you.

additional resources

This listing provides you with Internet sites that are sponsored by government agencies or are well-known and credible national organizations.

American College of Chest Physicians
American Lung Association
MEDLINEplus—Lungs and Breathing Topics
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
National Immunization Program—Flu Facts for Everyone

Surfing the Internet
When looking at Internet sites, remember that the information can be sponsored by anyone. Take into account the sponsoring group or individual when gathering information or help. Be especially careful about giving out personal or financial information.

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Last modified on: 30 June 2015

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