Common Conditions Treated by Pulmonologists By Kenneth Scott Lloyd, MD

10 Jul

Pulmonologists, or doctors who specialize in lung and respiratory conditions, treat a variety of conditions, both chronic and acute. Here is an overview of some of the conditions pulmonologists most commonly diagnose and treat.

– Asthma. Caused by overly active bronchi (branches of the trachea), asthma may be triggered by dust, pollen, dander, exercise, or cold. It can lead to spasms and difficulty breathing, but it is treatable.
– COPD. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease can manifest as either chronic bronchitis or emphysema, both of which are caused by smoking. COPD causes shortness of breath and difficulty breathing. It is irreversible, though many treatments can improve a patient’s quality of life.
– Respiratory infection. Infections of the lungs include acute bronchitis and pneumonia. Often caused by bacteria or viruses, these may be treatable with medication and are not permanent.
– Cystic fibrosis. This genetic condition prevents mucus from leaving the lungs normally. The built-up mucus can host infections.

About the author:

Dr. K. Scott Lloyd specializes in internal and pulmonary medicine. At present, he practices at Respiratory Consultants of Houston, where he offers treatment for a variety of pulmonary conditions.

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