Doctor, my husband has scarring of the lungs. He is currently undergoing oxygen therapy and medication. Three days ago, he coughed up a bit of blood. And the past few nights, he has been waking up in the middle of night. He also complained that the medication makes his body numb. Do all these symptoms mean his condition is getting worse?
My father was diagnosed with COPD two years ago. He has been treated with medications, steroids, and oxygen therapy. While the treatment makes him feel less weak, his coughing and difficulty breathing still exists. We are considering alternative treatment, but think that surgery is a big procedure in his case. Would you mind giving us some advice on what treatment is effective and safe for my 70 year old father?
I heard that emphysema can not be cured. Does it mean a patient has to continue the treatment all his life?
What is the recovery rate for active TB? My father also said his medications cause joint pain. Should he keep taking these medications?
My 27 year old son had a car accident in November last year. When he went for a chest X ray, there were no problems identified. However this past week, he has been complaining about pain in his chest and occasionally having difficulty breathing. If he were to go for an examination again, do you think an X-ray is sufficient? Should we consult a lung specialist too?
About two months ago, my father was coughing a lot to the point where there was blood in his phlegm. He is 63 years old and has been smoking almost all his life. He stopped smoking since the blood but refused to see a doctor. Currently, he still coughs a lot but we don't see any blood. We also noticed there are black spots on his chest. What are these black spots? Are they signs of a respiratory condition?
My father in law is now receiving chemotherapy for his stage 3 lung cancer. He also has scarring in his lungs. Whenever he walks, he has difficulty breathing and feels pain below the ribs. Sometimes when he’s extra breathless, he has to go on oxygen therapy. Is there anything we can do for him to help him breathe better?
My son has mild asthma since young and we do have an inhaler at home though he generally does not need to use it. My question is, we have 2 cats and all along he has no issues with them. This past month though, whenever he hugs or plays with the cats, his asthma flares up and it seems more severe than usual. Could it be that his asthma has worsened or is it some sort of new allergy? We shower our cats every month.
I have been suffering from a burning sensation in my chest and throat for almost 5 days now. My phlegm is green and I have to keep spitting it out. I have tried inhaling steam from hot water but it only provides temporary relief. Is seeing a GP enough or do i need to see a respiratory doctor?