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Dr. Imre Mészáros


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Tuesday: 18-19

Coral Medical Center activities in pulmonology

Diagnosis and treatment of patients with respiratory diseases.

The incidence of respiratory diseases (diseases of the lung) is gradually increasing in the general population. The major diseases include those of allergic origin (e.g. asthma, hayfever) and degenerative diseases caused by smoking (such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and emphysema).

COPD is a leading cause of death and illness worldwide. Most COPD is caused by long-term smoking and the best way to prevent it is by not smoking or quitting soon after you start. Breathing in other kinds of irritants, like pollution, dust or chemicals, may also cause or contribute to COPD.

COPD slowly damages the airways, the breathing tubes that carry air in COPD diagnosis and treatment - Coral Medical Center Budapestand out of the lungs, making them swollen and partly blocked by mucus. It also damages in the tiny air sacs at the tips of your airways. This makes it hard to move air in and out of the lungs.

The main symptoms of COPD are a long-lasting cough, coughing up mucus, and being short of breath. Damage to the lungs can't be reversed, so treatment focuses on controlling symptoms and minimizing further damage.

Allergic Respiratory Diseases

Hay fever (allergic rhinitis) and asthma are two very common allergic diseases of the respiratory tract. Hay fever involves the mucosa, or lining, of the upper respiratory tract only, whereas allergic asthma is confined to the bronchial tubes of the lower respiratory tract. There is also an infectious type of asthma with slightly different symptoms. These diseases are usually caused by airborne substances such as pollen from a plant (though can be caused by food as well).

Hay fever is never a threat to life, but in severe cases it can be upsetting, particularly in summer months. It is more common in childhood, where it is often seen in conjunction with eczema or asthma.

Allergic asthma is the result of the allergic reaction that takes place in the bronchial mucosal lining rather than in the nasal lining. A person may suffer from both asthma and hay fever. The common factors causing this disease are pollens, hair from pets (especially cats), house dust, molds, and certain foods (especially shellfish). Most allergic asthma is seen in children and in mild cases, the disease disappears at puberty.

Main symptoms of hay fever (rhinitis) are runny nose, nasal congestion and sneezing, often associated with itching. Allergic asthma symptoms include wheezing, chest tightness, and shortness of breath.

What are the distinction between asthma and COPD?

The symptoms are often very similar, breath difficulty, choking, coughing. The most significant difference is that while the established asthma - that is periodically worsening and improving, attacks of shortness of breath, the disease does progress. On the contrary, the COPD flare-ups do damage the airways causing primarily destruction of the very peripheral parts of the lung and this is an irreversible process causing a more severe and progressive disease. Asthma can be cured with medication. COPD cannot be cured, however there are means to slow down its progression and improve quality of life. Asthma appears usually at a young age whereas onset of COPD is at over 40 years of age.

Early diagnosis in all cases improves the chances of success of the treatment and prolongues disease – free life of patients.

Our physicians strive to provide early diagnosis and adequate treatment to our patients.

What are some of the common symptoms with which you should seek pulmonologist help?

  • If you experience shortness of breath, wheezing;
  • If you have persistent cough or chest pain
  • If your nose is running or is congested periodically with a seasonal pattern
  • If you are over 40 and you smoke
Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 July 2013 18:43

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