Respiratory / Asthma

Chronic hiccups and how to stop them

Hiccups lasting longer than 48 hours are defined as chronic hiccups. Chronic hiccups are a rare medical occurrence that can interrupt daily life and cause health problems. Sleeping and eating adjustments are often needed to cope with the condition. The cause is not always apparent, but chronic hiccups are often related to an underlying medical […]

Respiratory / Asthma

Anti-inflammatory diet: What to know

The human body uses inflammation to help fight illness and also protect areas from further harm. In most cases, inflammation is a necessary part of the healing process. However, some medical conditions cause faulty inflammatory responses. These are called chronic inflammatory diseases. One of the best measures a person can take to prevent or reduce […]

Respiratory / Asthma

What are the best essential oils for allergies?

Essential oils are among the most popular natural remedies for allergies. These concentrated aromatic liquids are distilled from plants and have been used therapeutically for centuries. Allergies are the sixth leading cause of chronic illness in the United States, affecting approximately 50 million people. While there is no cure for allergies, there are several ways […]

Respiratory / Asthma

What is the link between FEV1 and COPD?

FEV1, or forced expiratory volume, is a measurement taken from a pulmonary function test. It calculates the amount of air that a person can force out of their lungs in 1 second. Working out a person’s FEV1 value can help in the diagnosis of a chronic lung disease, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). […]

Respiratory / Asthma

What is a bronchospasm and what causes it?

A bronchospasm occurs when the muscles that line the airways of the lungs constrict or tighten, reducing airflow by 15 percent or more. People with asthma, allergies, and lung conditions are more likely to develop bronchospasms than those without these conditions, as are young children and people over 65 years of age. Bronchospasms, in themselves, […]

Respiratory / Asthma

What to know about double pneumonia

Double pneumonia is an infection of both lungs. A virus, bacteria or fungus causes the tiny sacs of the lungs, called alveoli, to become inflamed and fill with fluid or pus, causing a range of symptoms, including breathing difficulties. Doctors sometimes refer to double pneumonia as bilateral pneumonia. Pneumonia is the leading cause of infectious […]