Pulmonology is a medical specialty that deals with research, diagnostics and treatment for diseases of lungs and respiratory tracts.
Respiratory diseases are various and common. Along with viruses, bacteria and other germs smoking cigarettes, unfriendly environment, family history and working conditions play an important role in starting a bronchial or lung disease. A number of cases of professional lung diseases is increasing.
Most often patients with bronchial asthma, pneumonia, acute and chronic bronchitis, tracheobronchitis, chronic obstructive lung disease and persistent cough seek Pulmonologist’s medical advice.
Less frequent respiratory diseases include sarcoidosis, fibrosing alveolitis, systemic connective tissue disorders (systemic lupus erythematosus, sclerodermia), drug-induced lung diseases.
Your GP will refer you to Pulmonologist for examination and treatment.
You can make an appointment with a Pulmonologist if you have symptoms such as:
- Cough, persistent cough and morning cough (smoker’s cough)
- Short breath in rest and exercises
- Bouts of suffocation
- Coughing up phlegm
- Abnormal colour of phlegm (yellow, green, red or brown)
- Pain in the chest or in breathing