Respiratory Conditions

Your respiratory system is essential for survival. Learn about respiratory diseases and lung disease symptoms.

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I Thought I Just Had an Annoying, Nagging Cough—but It Was Actually a Severe Lung Disease

With only 100,000 people affected in the United States, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, or IPF, is a diagnosis that few are familiar with.

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Am I Having an Asthma Attack? How to Tell and What to Do

Asthma is a disease that affects the lungs and an asthma attack can be serious. These are the...


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Why You Need an Asthma Action Plan, and How to Use One

Asthma can be a life-threatening condition, but a doctor-designed asthma action plan can make it manageable. Here's how to...



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I Lost My Baby to Whooping Cough

One woman shares how she lost her one-month-old baby to whooping cough and why she advocates for the pertussis...

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7 Things You Should Know About Adult-Onset Asthma

While more common in children, asthma can appear at any time in life—and adult-onset asthma can be dangerous...


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What to Know About Eosinophilic Asthma

Eosinophilic asthma is a rare but often severe type of asthma. Learn why experts say it can be dangerous—and...

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6 Nebulizers for Kids That Make Treatments a Little Easier

If your child has difficulty breathing due to asthma or any other medical condition, a nebulizer designed for kids...


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I Had an Asthma Attack in My 20s, the Worst One in Years

One woman shares what it was like to have a severe asthma attack in her 20s, and how she finally...


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6 Portable Nebulizers to Treat Asthma on the Go

If you live with asthma, these portable and handheld nebulizers can make it easier to treat your symptoms...


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Can Asthma Be Cured? What You Need to Know

Is there a cure for asthma? Experts say not yet—but treatment approaches are getting better and better. Here's...

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I Love to Run. Here’s How I Do It With Exercise-Induced Asthma

Jennifer Espinosa-Goswami had never been healthier. She'd gone from morbidly obese teen to an adult with a new appreciation for...


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6 Reasons Smoking Weed With Asthma Is a Bad Idea

One in five people with asthma use marijuana, but smoking weed can cause permanent lung damage and might...


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How to Use an Inhaler According to Breathing Experts

Inhalers are commonly used to treat asthma and other lung conditions, but you need to use them correctly for them...


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How to Use a Nebulizer Correctly—and Safely

A nebulizer can be a better alternative to an inhaler for people with asthma and other respiratory...


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This Is What Asthma Feels Like From People Who Know

Coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath are all common signs of asthma. But what do asthma symptoms actually feel...

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What Doctors Need You to Know About Asthma Medications

Here's the inside scoop on the medications that control asthma and help people with the condition lead normal, healthy...


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15 Home Remedies for Asthma That Experts Recommend

Home remedies for asthma, from coffee to fish oil, won't replace your medications, but they can manage triggers and...


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11 Things You Should Know About Tdap Vaccines

Here are the side effects, cost, and other important things to know about the Tdap vaccines and boosters that protect...


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Your Guide to Asthma Symptoms, Causes, and Treatments

Asthma is a potentially deadly chronic illness that impacts 25 million Americans. Here's what to know about the symptoms and...


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Here are 8 Asthma Symptoms in Adults You Should Know

A lingering cough, feeling run down, and shortness of breath aren't things you should brush off—they can be symptoms of...


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8 Whooping Cough Symptoms Everyone Should Know

Coughing fits, thick mucus, red eyes—these are just a few of the symptoms of whooping cough....


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Here’s How Allergies and Asthma Are Linked

Does stopping to smell the roses literally take your breath away? It might be allergic asthma. Find out more about...


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How a Nearly Fatal Bee Pollen Allergy Triggered My Adult-Onset Asthma

From running half-marathons to being bedridden two days a week, Amy Horton shares how adult-onset asthma has changed her...

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Pertussis Precautions: 6 Ways Stop the Spread of Whooping Cough

A vaccine is the best way to prevent pertussis, or whooping cough, but there many other pertussis...


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6 Things to Know About the Tdap Vaccine in Pregnancy

Newborns can't get the whooping cough vaccine. Getting the Tdap vaccine during pregnancy is one of the best...


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7 Things to Know About the DTaP Vaccine for Whooping Cough

Newborns and young children need the DTaP vaccine to avoid these three dangerous diseases: diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (aka...


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Why You Need Whooping Cough Vaccines and When to Get Them

Whooping cough vaccines have drastically reduced rates of pertussis, a serious condition. Here's why babies, children, and adults...


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What to Know About Whooping Cough Symptoms and Prevention

Here's a look at whooping cough symptoms, causes, and treatments, as well as how to prevent it with...


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How Is Pertussis Treated? What Doctors Want You to Know

Got a cough that just won't go away? It could be pertussis, also known as whooping cough. Here's how...