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Respiratory problems can occur because of infection, exposure to extreme environments, or because of other chronic conditions. Chronic respiratory problems can occur because of prolonged exposure to tobacco smoke, asthma, allergies or hereditary reasons. Some respiratory problems include asthma, pneumonia, emphysema and bronchitis.

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By Christopher Ochoa, MD
For many, breathing requires little effort or thought. For some, however, stress and anxiety can lead to short, rapid breathing which can worsen these symptoms. A great way to avoid feelings of stress, anxiety and shortness of breath is to consciously focus on the breaths you take each day.
Topics and Subtopics: General Health & Respiratory Problems

By Samir Desai, MD
While most people are aware of the health risks associated with smoking tobacco, it remains the leading cause of preventable death in the United States today. Deciding to quit smoking is the first step towards achieving a longer, healthier life. Oncologist, Samir Desai, MD, shares the health benefits of quitting and tips to help you achieve a smoke-free life.

By Andrey Leonov, MD
During the winter months, your nose might not be the only thing feeling stuffy. As temperatures drop, we keep doors and windows closed and use furnaces to keep our houses warm. Over time, the lack of fresh air can reduce the air quality indoors, causing upper respiratory symptoms and, if you suffer from asthma, more frequent or severe attacks. Board-certified allergy, asthma and immunology specialist, Dr. Andrey Leonov, shares tips to maintain the air quality in your home this winter.

By Jacqueline Moran, MD
Colder temperatures during the winter months can take some getting used to. It can be especially difficult for those dealing with respiratory issues, including asthma. This is because cold, dry air irritates your lungs and upper respiratory infections are more common during the winter. If you become ill, it can worsen your asthma symptoms. To help you breathe easier, allergist Jacqueline Moran, MD, explains the impact cold weather can have on your lungs and provides tips to keep your asthma symptoms under control during the cold winter months.

By Brett Collander, MD
With the rising trend seen in e-cigarette use, or vaping, it’s more important now than ever to be aware of the short and long-term medical risks these devices may have on your lungs. DMG Pulmonologist, Brett Collander, MD, shares his medical expertise on the detrimental side-effects that vaping can have on your lungs.

By Dr. Priyanka Rajaram
A new diagnosis can leave you with many questions and concerns. To help you from feeling lost, our pulmonary hypertension specialist, Dr. Priyanka Rajaram, answers some of the most frequently asked questions when receiving this diagnosis.
Topics and Subtopics: Respiratory Problems

By Feodor Ung, MD
For many of us, changing seasons often means an increase in stuffy noses, itchy eyes, sneezing, coughing, head and/or body aches. It can be difficult to pinpoint what is causing these symptoms whether it is a cold, seasonal allergies or a sinus infection. Board-certified otolaryngologist (ENT), Feodor Ung, MD, shares some of the key differences between colds, allergies and sinus infections as well as treatment options for each.

By DuPage Medical Group Pulmonary Medicine
In a given day, one will be exposed to millions of different particles in the air. Air particles come in many different forms such as dust, dirt, smoke and liquid. Due to carbon emissions from cars, industrial facilities, power plants, wildfires and more; air particles can become contaminated resulting in widespread air pollution. Read more to find out how air pollution could harm your health?
Topics and Subtopics: Asthma, General Health & Respiratory Problems

By DuPage Medical Group Pulmonary Medicine
We understand receiving a COPD diagnosis can be stressful, and while everyone copes differently, the emotions experienced with a diagnosis are often similar among patients. A few of the most common initial and lingering emotions include panic, depression and anxiety. You are not facing your diagnosis alone, and there are several ways to help combat the negative emotions that may accompany COPD. Create an action plan today.

By DuPage Medical Group Pulmonary Medicine
E-cigarettes are being marketed as an alternative to smoking….but are they safe?

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