Johns Hopkins Health Alert:All That Wheezes Is Not Asthma
Posted Jun 25 2009 1:02pm
Short of breath? Coughing? Chest pain? Johns Hopkins doctors explain why you should take your symptoms seriously.
Many lung disorders produce similar symptoms, but the severity and duration of these symptoms can vary considerably from disease to disease. The lung disorders can be acute (short and relatively severe) or chronic (persisting over a long time).
Chronic lung conditions may wax and wane in severity and can worsen quickly and markedly if another problem, such as a lung infection, occurs. Some people, however, have only mild symptoms or none at all. In these individuals, the lung disorder may be detected on a chest x-ray or by a test to check lung function.
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