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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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 ways...


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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 (including...


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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...


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6 Breathing Mistakes You’re Making—And How to Breathe Better

There's a good chance you're making one of these breathing mistakes. Here's how to fix them, and what you...


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Do Air Purifiers Work? A Guide to Air Purifiers and How They Work

Here's what you need to know if you want to clean your air of dust, smoke, pet dander, or other...


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How to Choose the Best Air Purifiers for Asthma

A portable air purifier may help you breathe easier if you have asthma. Here's when you might need one...

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What Is Walking Pneumonia? Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment

Also called atypical pneumonia, walking pneumonia is a different type of upper respiratory infection than regular pneumonia in a...


10 Best Nontoxic Candles to Use for Cleaner Indoor Air

Avoid allergy triggers and headaches from heavily scented candles with these natural candles that offer a nontoxic way...


12 Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Asthma in Children

An asthma diagnosis can be scary and leave parents with many questions regarding the disease and treatment options. If...


12 Surprising Asthma Triggers You Can Smartly Avoid

These irritants and allergens could be behind your asthma attack. Here's how to outsmart these asthma causes


7 Signs of Lung Cancer You Might Be Ignoring

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths (one in four) in both men and women. Treatment is more...

11 Foods That May Help You Breathe Better

Some nutrients improve conditions in the air passageways, which can be helpful if you have asthma, allergies, or are trying...


6 Symptoms of Asthma Every Adult Should Know

Some 18 million adult Americans suffer from asthma, a condition in which inflamed airways make breathing difficult. Wheezing—a whistling or...


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10 Clear Signs You Have Exercise-Induced Asthma

If you feel out of shape for no reason, the real reason could be exercise-induced asthma—which you can develop at...


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Dust Allergy? 7 Smart Strategies to Get Rid of the Dust in Your House

More than 90 percent of household dust comes from tiny flakes of skin and barely visible fabric fibers that float...


21 Surprising Ways to Cut Down Indoor Air Pollution

Research shows that indoor air pollution, often caused by dust mites and mold, can be up to 10 times greater...


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Radon Testing and the 7 Key Things Every Homeowner Should Know

Radon testing is the only way to know whether your home has high levels of radon, a radioactive gas that...


The Scary Truth Behind That New Car Smell

A lot of people love it, but they don’t realize how harmful it can be for their health.


7 Warning Signs of a Pulmonary Embolism

For one-quarter of the people with this frightening condition, sudden death can be the first and only symptom. Here's what...

12 Foods That Can Fight Lung Inflammation

Load your plate with these lung-healthy foods. Antioxidants and other properties in them could ease inflammation and help you breathe...


If You Have Asthma, You Need to Eat This Food

New research from Greece suggests the right foods can reduce airway inflammation that leads to asthma attacks.


Why Wildfire Smoke Is Way More Dangerous Than You Realized

As wildfires have ravaged so much of the 
country recently, an air-quality specialist discusses 
how the smoke choked her community...


7 Signs Your Upper Respiratory Infection Is Actually Pneumonia

Upper respiratory infections typically clear up within two to three weeks, but they can develop into pneumonia. If you are...


9 Scary Things Air Pollution Does to Your Body

Air pollution—namely ozone and tiny particles—are doing more damage than anyone previously thought. Here's what you need to know and...


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My Childhood Illness Came Back After 16 Years—And Almost Killed Me

A junior in college studying abroad in Spain could not figure out why she couldn't breathe, but a helpful