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What Happens During an Asthma Attack and How to Treat
An asthma attack is when asthma symptoms worsen. The lining of the airways becomes inflamed, making it hard to breathe. An asthma attack can be an urgent situation that requires immediate medical attention.

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Bronchitis: Causes, Symptoms, and Best Way to Treat
Bronchitis is a viral infection of the lungs that leads to swelling of the bronchial tubes. The most common symptom is a cough with mucus. It usually develops after a cold. That is why it is sometimes called a chest cold.

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COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease): Know the Symptoms
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a disease of the lungs. It's often from inhaling toxins (poisons), most commonly tobacco smoke. It can be from smoking yourself (a significant risk factor for COPD) or from secondhand smoke.

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Acute Costochondritis
Acute costochondritis is caused by straining the chest/rib area, resulting in inflammation of the cartilage that connects the chest wall. It can be mistaken for heart attack symptoms.

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Pulmonary Embolism: Early Warning Signs, Treatment, What to Do
A pulmonary embolism is a blood clot in the lungs that blocks blood flow. It typically starts in the lower legs. The clot may cause difficulty breathing or a sharp chest pain when breathing deeply. It can be life threatening.

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Cystic Fibrosis
This article will review the symptoms, causes, and management of cystic fibrosis. Symptoms of cystic fibrosis may be present at birth, such as salty sweat or an inability to pass stool. Symptoms that may develop later include a cough, difficulty breathing, lung infections, and sinus problems, among others.

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How to Stop Wheezing: Asthma, Bronchitis & More Causes of Wheezing
Wheezing, associated with difficult breathing, is a high-pitched whine or squeaky sound that comes from deep within your lungs when you inhale and/or exhale.

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Pneumothorax
Pneumothorax is when air or gas leaks into the pleural space separating the lung from the chest wall, causing the lung to collapse, and leading to sharp chest pain.

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Lung Cancer: Symptoms of Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer & Treatment by Stage
This article will review the symptoms, causes, treatment, and prevention of non-small cell lung cancer. The primary symptoms of this condition include cough, coughing up blood, chest pain, shortness of breath, and hoarseness. A history of smoking is the predominant cause.

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Lung Abscess Symptoms, Causes & Treatment Options

A lung abscess is a bacterial infection that occurs in the lung and causes tissues to die while a pus-filled cavity develops in its place.

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Bronchogenic Cyst Symptoms, Causes & Treatment Options

This article will review the symptoms, causes, and management of bronchogenic cysts. Symptoms in infants include difficulty breathing or feeding and blue skin. Other symptoms that are likely later in life include coughing and wheezing, recurrent lung infections, and trouble swallowing, among others.

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Goodpasture Syndrome: Understanding the Symptoms, Causes, & Importance of Treatment

This article will review the symptoms, causes, management, and prevention of Goodpasture syndrome. Symptoms include fatigue, weakness, nausea, a loss of appetite, pale skin, lung symptoms such as a cough, shortness of breath, or coughing up blood, and kidney symptoms such as painful urination, reduced urination, and swelling, among others.

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Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis: Symptoms, Causes, & Long-Term Treatment

Hypersensitivity pneumonitis occurs when something inhaled inflames the lungs such as exposure to mold, animals, grain/flour, or synthetic materials.

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