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Respiratory disorder

A non-neoplastic or neoplastic disorder that affects the respiratory system. Representative examples include pneumonia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, pulmonary failure, lung adenoma, lung carcinoma, and tracheal carcinoma

Symptoms of Respiratory disorder

The following features are indicative of Respiratory disorder:
  • wheezing
  • chest tightness
  • shortness of breath
  • cough
  • clear mucus
  • white mucus
  • yellowish-gray mucus
  • green colored mucus
  • fatigue
  • slight fever
  • chills
It is possible that Respiratory disorder shows no physical symptoms and still be present in a patient.

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Common Causes of Respiratory disorder

The following are the most common causes of Respiratory disorder:
  • exposure to tobacco smoke
  • exposure to dust mites
  • exposure to outdoor air pollution
  • cigarette smoking
  • breathing in too much smoke from burning wood or grass
  • ingestion of dust or toxic gases

Risk Factors for Respiratory disorder

The following factors may increase the likelihood of Respiratory disorder:
  • having a parent or sibling with asthma
  • having atopic dermatitis
  • being overweight
  • being a smoker
  • exposure to secondhand smoke
  • exposure to fumes
  • exposure to chemicals used in farming and hairdressing
  • acute illness such as a cold
  • exposure to irritants on the job
  • gastric reflux

Prevention of Respiratory disorder

Yes, it may be possible to prevent Respiratory disorder. Prevention may be possible by doing the following:
  • get vaccinated for influenza and pneumonia
  • avoid outdoor allergens and irritants
  • monitor breathing regularly
  • quit smoking
  • avoid inhalation of dust
  • avoid inhalation of fumes
  • avoid inhalation of air pollution
  • wash your hands frequently

Occurrence of Respiratory disorder

Number of Cases

The following are the number of Respiratory disorder cases seen each year worldwide:
  • Very common > 10 Million cases

Common Age Group

Respiratory disorder can occur at any age.

Common Gender

Respiratory disorder can occur in any gender.

Lab Tests and Procedures for Diagnosis of Respiratory disorder

The following lab tests and procedures are used to detect Respiratory disorder:
  • Spirometry: To measure the forced expiratory volume in 1 second
  • Chest X-ray: To determine pneumonia or another condition
  • Sputum test: To check for whooping cough or other illnesses
  • Pulmonary function test: To look for signs of asthma or emphysema

Complications of Respiratory disorder if untreated

Yes, Respiratory disorder causes complications if it is not treated. Below is the list of complications and problems that may arise if Respiratory disorder is left untreated:
  • can be fatal
  • decreased ability to take part in physical activities
  • lack of sleep due to nighttime symptoms
  • permanent changes in the function of the lungs
  • persistent cough
  • trouble breathing
  • pneumonia

Procedures for Treatment of Respiratory disorder

The following procedures are used to treat Respiratory disorder:
  • Allergy shots: Reduces the immune system reaction to specific allergens
  • Bronchial thermoplasty: Reduces the smooth muscle inside the airways by heating up insides of the airways
  • Lung volume reduction surgery: Removes the damaged emphysema
  • Lung transplantation: Replacement with new lungs which come from a donor

Self-care for Respiratory disorder

The following self-care actions or lifestyle changes may help in the treatment or management of Respiratory disorder:
  • Use air conditioner: Reduces the amount of airborne pollens
  • Prevent mold spores: Keep mold spores from developing
  • Keep your home clean
  • Protection from cold weather: Cover the nose and mouth if it's cold out
  • Do regular exercise: Prevents from asthma attacks
  • Maintain healthy weight: Reduces the worsening asthma
  • Quit smoking: Avoid smoking reduces the chances of disease

Alternative Medicine for Treatment of Respiratory disorder

The following alternate medicine and therapies are known to help in the treatment or management of Respiratory disorder:
  • Do breathing exercises: Improves the asthma symptoms
  • Use of herbal and natural remedies: Improves asthma symptoms

Patient Support for Treatment of Respiratory disorder

The following actions may help Respiratory disorder patients:
  • Pace yourself: Take breaks between the tasks and avoid activities that make the symptoms worse
  • Talk to others with your condition: Connect with people facing similar challenges which helps to cope up with the condition

Time for Treatment of Respiratory disorder

While time-period of treatment for each patient may vary, below is the typical time-period for Respiratory disorder to resolve if treated properly under an expert supervision:
  • In 1 - 4 weeks

Last updated date

This page was last updated on 11/21/2019.
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