Pulmonary Disease Specialist

SEACREST MEDICAL GROUP

Geriatrics & Internal Medicine located in Boynton Beach, FL

There are a number of pulmonary diseases that can affect airflow and make it difficult to breathe. Seacrest Medical Group in Boynton Beach, Florida, provides safe and effective treatment for common pulmonary diseases. Led by Jean Etienne, MD, the team specializes in patient-centered internal medicine services. If you experience concerning symptoms, call the office or book an appointment online today.

Pulmonary Disease Q & A

What are common pulmonary diseases?

Pulmonary disease refers to a number of conditions that affect the health and function of the lungs. Common pulmonary diseases include:

Asthma

Asthma is a common condition that causes narrowing of the airways and excess production of mucus in the lungs. Asthma can range from a minor nuisance to a severe, life-threatening condition. Asthma varies from person to person and can be triggered by a number of things, including allergies, respiratory infections, air pollutants, and physical activity. 

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

COPD is a condition that causes inflammation in the lungs. Patients with COPD experience restricted airflow and difficulty breathing. COPD is caused by long-term exposure to irritants that cause irritation, inflammation, and damage to the lungs. The most common cause of COPD is long-term cigarette smoking. Irritants like air pollution and occupational fumes can also cause COPD. 

People who smoke and have asthma are at a much higher risk of developing COPD. Unlike asthma, COPD is easily preventable. Not smoking is the easiest way to avoid damage and irritation to your lungs. 

Pneumonia

Pneumonia refers to an infection that causes inflammation in one or both of your lungs. Pneumonia is caused by bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Pneumonia most commonly occurs after you’ve had a cold or the flu. 

In most cases, pneumonia is a mild condition, but it can be particularly dangerous for adults over 65. 

What are the symptoms of a pulmonary disease?

Symptoms include:

  • Chest pain
  • Coughing up phlegm
  • Shortness of breath
  • Wheezing
  • Fatigue
  • Fever with chills

Common pulmonary diseases result in a number of similar symptoms. Issues with your lungs can result in excess mucus and make it difficult to breathe. If you experience concerning symptoms, the team at Seacrest Medical Group diagnoses your condition and determines the best treatment for effective relief. 

How are pulmonary diseases treated?

Treatment for your pulmonary disease depends on your diagnosis. Diagnosing your condition may involve a number of evaluations, including a physical exam, X-ray, blood test, and lung function test. Lifestyle changes, like quitting smoking, are effective ways to address COPD. 

Depending on the cause of your condition, treatment of your pulmonary disease may include:

  • Antibiotics
  • Cough medicine
  • Pain relievers
  • Inhaled corticosteroids

To find out which treatment is right for you, call Seacrest Medical Group or book an appointment online today.