In this section
- Alpha-1 Antitrypsin
- Chronic Cough
- Common Cold
- Cystic Fibrosis
- Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis
- Lung Cancer
- Pandemic Flu
- Pulmonary Embolism
- Pulmonary Hypertension
- Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV)
- Sleep Apnea
- Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
- Work Related Asthma
Asbestosis is a chronic (long-term) lung disease caused by breathing in asbestos fibres. Asbestos is a heat-resistant mineral that used to be common in insulation, vinyl floor tiles, cement, brake linings and other products. If you breathe a lot of asbestos fibres over a long time it can cause scarring in the lungs and shortness of breath.
Asthma is a chronic lung disease that affects the airways within the lungs. With asthma, the airways are extra-sensitive to certain triggers that cause the airways to narrow due to swelling of the airway, constriction of the muscles around the airways (bronchoconstriction),or both.
Croup is a viral infection that causes swelling in the throat and vocal cords (larynx). Croup commonly affects children under five because their airways are smaller and more prone to swelling. One of the tell-tale signs of croup is a loud, "barky" cough that is worse at night.
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RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) is a virus that infects the lungs and airways (breathing passages).
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is the sudden and unexplained death of an infant who is younger than one year old. SIDS seems to strike without warning, usually in babies who seem perfectly healthy.
Even though the number of SIDS cases has dropped in the last 10 years, it's still the leading cause of death in infants between one month and one year.