Complex Disorders of the Lungs 2018-02-21T20:36:14-06:00


Asbestosis..Whooping Cough etc

Do You Have A Lung Disorder?

If you smoke or you’re overweight and you are having trouble breathing or you are suffering from any number of complex disorders of the lungs that is affecting your ability to breathe you may need the help of a Pulmonologist.

Pulmonologists are doctors trained to treat breathing disorders and complicated chest infections. If you are experiencing chest pain, shortness of breath, wheezing and/or chronic coughing or exposed to asbestos or other toxic chemicals you need to seek the help of an experienced Pulmonologist.

Out of the several disorders already covered in Pulmonology, there are a dozens more disorders that are more rare, and we will cover a few of them.


Asbestosis is an ongoing disease in the lungs, caused by inhaling asbestos fibers, which are often found in insulation in homes and buildings.  By continual exposure to these fibers, the tissue in the lungs scars and makes it difficult to breathe.  Because this condition cannot be cured, treatment focuses on taking care of the symptoms.

Histoplasmosis – Cave Disease

A specific fungus called Histoplasma Capsulatum causes this disease.  It primarily affects the lung, and is common among AIDs patients due to their weakened immune system.

This fungus is found in soil that has bird droppings in it or bat guano.  This soil can be disrupted and stirred up at construction sites and then inhaled and settles into the lungs.  Ongoing cough and difficulty breathing can set in 10-17 days after exposure.  Luckily, this condition resolves itself on its own, or if needed you would be treated with anti-fungal medication.

Pertussis – Whooping Cough

Pertussis or whooping cough is caused by a bacterial disease and is highly contagious. It can also be referred to as the 100 days’ cough. The cough can usually begin mildly and then lead to persistent coughing fits that can sound like a “whoop.”  It is very important that children receive a vaccination for prevention of this, and if patients are infected, they will be treated with antibiotics.  Oftentimes, it can take up to 6 weeks for the cough to subside.


It’s important that you trust your Pulmonologist. There are hundreds of Pulmonologists to choose from; however, not all doctors are created equal. That’s why we’ve selected your city’s best Pulmonologists – to make the decision process easier for you and your family.

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