Examine the cause for breathing problems, treat them and live well 

Rising levels of pollution and a rapidly changing lifestyle have all brought about a lot of issues related to breathing and the lungs. A majority of people suffer from such problems and identifying the cause and treating it thus is seen as the only way of combating the problem.

Many people suffer from breathlessness when the over exert themselves but a sudden breathlessness or what is called dyspnoea can often be a cause for concern. It can be an indicator of an asthma attack where the doctor may advise the use of a space device which delivers the medicine directly to the lungs. Pneumonia or the inflammation of the lungs may also cause breathlessness in which case an antibiotic should be taken. Sometimes this may even be the only indicator of a silent heart attack. Panic attacks also cause hyperventilation. Thus the one thing to remember during this is to go to the emergency section of a hospital immediately.

A majority of today’s population suffers from breathing problems but the causes and the treatment for them is not the same. The most common breathing problems stem from a cold which causes a stuffy nose. This will subside with the cold. Another common cause is allergy due to various factors like dust, pollution, pollen etc. This can only be treated with the removal of the allergens. Acute sinusitis can also cause breathing problems since there is inflammation and this will decrease only with the inflamed sinuses subsiding. It is through the nose that viruses or allergens enter the lungs and cause first trouble with the breathing and then lung problems. So it is important to take serious note of these problems and treat them at the earliest.

Respiratory problems can be caused by various reasons and they can be major or minor. Minor problems stem from the common cold and major problems may be as serious as pneumonia. It can affect the upper respiratory system or the nose, mouth and sinuses or the lower bronchial tubes and the lungs. In severe cases it can even affect the normal functioning of the lungs and can cause reduced lung function. This can be diagnosed with a lung function test. The major symptoms for this are pain or pressure in the face, a blocked or stuffy nose, sore throat, coughing, laryngitis and fever that may reach very high temperatures. Lower respiratory disease is less common than those that affect the upper respiratory tract. However when the bronchial tubes or the lungs are affected, it is a much more serious condition than the latter. With proper diagnosis and treatment these problems can be treated successfully.