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Q

You're a little concerned about the
wheezing noise you make when
you breathe, and your office mates
are grossed out by the hacking cough
you've had for the past week. But
you're too fatigued to care much. Is it
bronchitis or emphysema?
Bronchitis.
Bronchitis, which is an inflammation of
the lining of the tubes that carry air to
and from your lungs, lasts for a short
time-10 to 14 days. If it's the first episode of coughing and you're not experiencing a recurring cough every few
months, it's probably not a chronic problem. Factors to pay attention to include
the duration of the cough and whether
there is any history of smoking, which
can lead to emphysema, a condition that
occurs when the air sacs in the lungs
are damaged.

Q

You're finally rebounding from
the cold you've had trouble shaking when all of a sudden you can't
catch your breath and spike a fever. Is
it pneumonia or possibly lung cancer?
Let your doctor decide.
Doctors can often hear signs of
pneumonia by listening to a patient's
lungs, where mucus and bacteria
consolidate in bronchial tubes. A
chest X-ray also would help diagnose
pneumonia, an infection that causes
lung inflammation.
"If there's a strong history of smoking
or secondhand smoke exposure, then
it might merit a CT scan of the chest,
which is one of the big campaigns of
the American Lung Association-'Saved
by the Scan,'" Mora says. The campaign is intended to catch lung cancer
in the early stages, so it can be effectively treated. Lung cancer is typically
detected very late, causing survival
rates to be low. Some of the early
symptoms include a cough that does
not go away or gets worse; shortness
of breath; and chest pain that is often
worse with deep breathing, coughing or
laughing, though these are also symptoms of several benign conditions.

TOOL

Understand Your Sniffles
The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma
& Immunology offers an online tool to help
learn about your symptoms. Visit aaaai.org/
conditions-and-treatments/virtual-allergist.

Q

On vacation, your family goes
for a hike in the mountains.
As you reach an elevation of
8,000 feet, you feel short of breath
and dizzy. Is it altitude sickness or
are you having a panic attack?
Altitude sickness.
"With panic attacks, it's usually
repeated, not just at a level of altitude," Mora says. Also, panic attacks
last between 10 and 30 minutes, and
breathing exercises tend to help.
With mild altitude sickness, symptoms should resolve upon descent
and headache can typically be managed with an over-the-counter pain
reliever. For severe altitude sickness, interventions such as breathing treatments or medications are
needed to keep oxygen levels up.

Q

You go for a jog on a crisp
fall day, but for a few days
afterward, you're congested,
wheezing and your eyes are watering. Is it allergies or a cold?
Allergies.
Allergies cause symptoms such as
runny nose, sneezing, watery eyes
and feeling as if your ears are full of
fluid. Typically, using an antihistamine can alleviate the discomfort.
A cold causes more full-body symptoms, including body aches, low
energy level and chills, and it's not
relieved by antihistamines.
Colds also tend to resolve themselves in a week or two, whereas
allergies persist as long as you're
exposed to the allergen; for some
people, the congestion lasts all fall. ■

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