Knowing the warning signs of lung disease is extremely important. If you detect them early, you can receive treatment before the disease becomes very serious.
Here are the warning signs of lung disease provided by the American Lung Association:
- Chronic cough: A cough that you have had for a month or longer is considered chronic. This is an important early symptom that tells you something is wrong with your respiratory system.
- Shortness of breath: It’s not normal to experience shortness of breath that doesn’t go away after exercising, or that you have after little or no exertion. Labored or difficult breathing—the feeling that it is hard to breathe in out—is also a warning sign.
- Chronic mucus production: Mucus, also called sputum or phlegm, is produced by the airways as a defense against infections or irritants. If your mucus production has lasted a month or longer, this could indicate lung disease.
- Wheezing: Noisy breathing or wheezing is a sign that something unusual is blocking your lungs’ airways or making them too narrow.
- Coughing up blood: If you are coughing up blood, it may be coming from your lungs or upper respiratory tract. Wherever it’s coming from, it signals a health problem.
- Chronic chest pain: Unexplained chest pain that lasts for a month or more—especially if it gets worse when you breathe in or cough—also is a warning sign.
Read the whole post from the American Lung Association here.
Century Rehab offers the following Respiratory Therapy Consulting services:
- Training on respiratory treatments and tracheostomy care to ensure compliance with Medicare and Medicaid requirements for delivery of respiratory services – Each Nurse receives a Training Manual and Certificate of Competency after passing the exam
- Audit of clinical documentation to identify potential deficits that could result in a loss of revenue
To learn more, please email Angela Burney, Clinical Respiratory Specialist, at firstname.lastname@example.org.