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Lung Disease

Houston Pulmonary, Sleep & Allergy Associates

Pulmonologists, Allergists, & Sleep Medicine Doctors located in Houston, TX & Cypress, TX

Viruses, bacteria, and environmental toxins can all cause lung disease. If you’re concerned about lung disease, the skilled pulmonary specialists at Houston Pulmonary, Sleep & Allergy Associates, offer the most effective lung-function tests to diagnose your condition. An accurate diagnosis is a crucial step to ensure you get the most effective treatment. With locations in Cypress and Houston, Texas, it’s easy to visit the office closest to you. Call today or schedule your visit online to discuss lung disease.

Lung Disease Q & A

What is lung disease?

Lung disease is an umbrella term for several disorders that prevent your lungs from working as they should. Lung disease can affect your ability to breathe, make you cough a lot, or worse.

Lung diseases come in many different forms. Some are bacterial in origin, while others are viral or fungal. Environmental factors and workplace conditions also can lead to lung disease.

What are the types of lung diseases?

Common lung diseases include:

  • Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS)
  • Asbestosis
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Bronchiolitis
  • Interstitial lung disease 
  • Lung cancer
  • Mesothelioma
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Emphysema
  • Chronic bronchitis
  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • Tuberculosis
  • Work-related lung disease

Pulmonary fibrosis, another type of lung disease, causes scars to form on your lungs, affecting your breathing.

What are the signs of lung disease?

Lung diseases vary widely. You may suffer with different signs and symptoms depending on the type of lung disorder. Some signs to watch for include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Tightness in your chest
  • Coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Trouble catching your breath
  • Becoming winded easily
  • Cough with thick mucus or blood

Certain factors, such as allergies or exposure to workplace irritants, may worsen your symptoms. 

How are lung diseases diagnosed?

Your diagnosis at Houston Pulmonary, Sleep & Allergy Associates is a comprehensive, multi-step process. Your pulmonary specialist first asks you to complete a thorough health questionnaire. They review your answers with you and perform an examination. 

They may suggest one or more noninvasive lung tests to evaluate your symptoms and pinpoint the source of your condition. For example, a pulmonary function test can determine how well your lungs are working. The test measures:

  • Lung volume
  • Capacity
  • Airflow
  • Gas exchange

To complete your diagnosis, you may need a chest X-ray, which can reveal fluid around your lungs, signs of emphysema or cancer, and other lung abnormalities. In some cases, your pulmonary specialist recommends bronchoscopy, a procedure to allow them to look at your lungs and air passages for signs of disease. You can expect your specialist to discuss the appropriate tests for you.

As soon as they finalize your diagnosis, they recommend an appropriate treatment plan to address your form of lung disease.

Get the expert diagnosis and treatment you deserve from the pulmonary experts at Houston Pulmonary, Sleep & Allergy Associates. Call or schedule your consultation online today to discuss your symptoms.