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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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“Common Pulmonary Issues,” by Kenneth Scott Lloyd, M.D.

20 Jan

The human lungs are susceptible to a number of conditions that can restrict breathing, leading to mild to severe discomfort and even death. Here are some of the most common lung diseases.

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: COPD, as it is commonly called, is a chronic disease of the lungs that causes obstructions. This can be a result of emphysema, bronchitis, or even hereditary causes.

Pneumonia: Pneumonia is an infection in the lungs’ alveoli, or air sac clusters.

Cystic Fibrosis: A condition in which those afflicted have difficulty clearing mucus from the lungs, leading to frequent infections.

Asthma: A condition whereby allergens lead to the obstruction and inflammation of airways. This leads to shortness of breath, wheezing, and coughing.

Emphysema: This is a type of COPD. Patients with emphysema have particular difficulty exhaling air from the lungs, because the fibers holding open airways have been destroyed.

Dr. Kenneth Scott Lloyd, a pulmonary specialist, worked for more than 20 years at Respiratory Consultants of Houston, attending to patients in both long-term acute care and intensive care.