Breathing Disorders

Young boy performing an at home breathing treatment

Breathing disorders can have a huge impact on the quality of your life. Here at Respacare, we can perform pulmonary function tests in order to diagnose the cause of your breathing problems and to determine what will be the best way to treat it. The following are some of the common breathing disorders that we treat at Respacare:

  • COPD – COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), is a progressive disease that worsens over time. It causes dyspnea and coughing with sputum production. Both emphysema and chronic bronchitis are forms of COPD.
  • Asthma – Asthma is a very common long-term inflammatory disease that affects the lungs’ airways. Symptoms include wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath and chest tightness. There is no established cause, although it’s thought to be caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors, such as allergens and air pollution. The severity of the symptoms ranges from mild to severe. Although asthma can’t be cured, it can be treated and managed.
  • Bronchitis – Bronchitis is the inflammation of the lungs’ airways and causes symptoms that include wheezing, coughing up mucus, chest discomfort and shortness of breath. There are two types of bronchitis – acute bronchitis and chronic bronchitis. Acute bronchitis is typically caused by a viral infection and will last about three weeks. Acute bronchitis is often referred to as a chest cold and affects around five percent of all adults, making it one of the most common diseases. Chronic bronchitis can last anywhere from three months to two years. The most common cause of chronic bronchitis is smoking.
  • Pulmonary Fibrosis – Pulmonary fibrosis is a respiratory disease that causes scars to form in the long tissues, which can result in serious breathing issues. The accumulation of scars can reduce the oxygen supply in the blood. This can then lead to dyspnea.
  • Shortness of Breath – Shortness of breath is also called dyspnea. People who experience dyspnea often experience tightness in their chest and the feeling of not getting enough oxygen when they breathe. In some cases, it’s a common symptom of heavy exertion. However, 85 percent of all dyspnea cases are caused by disorders such as asthma, pneumonia, lung disease and more.
  • Emphysema – Emphysema is a disease of the lungs. It occurs most often in smokers, but it also occurs in people who regularly breathe in irritants. Emphysema destroys alveoli, which are air sacs in the lungs. The air sacs weaken and eventually break, which reduces the surface area of the lungs and the amount of oxygen that can reach the bloodstream. This makes it harder to breathe, especially when exercising. Emphysema also causes lungs to lose their elasticity.  Emphysema is one of the two most common conditions that fall under the umbrella term COPD.

If you suffer from any of these breathing disorders or have undiagnosed breathing difficulties, then be sure to contact us at Respacare in order to schedule an appointment today.