Patient Education Materials

Asthma

  Introduction Asthma is a lung disease. Asthma causes the breathing tubes in the lungs to temporarily narrow. People with asthma have difficulty breathing air in and out of their lungs. An allergen or irritant in the environment usually triggers an asthma flare-up. There is no cure for

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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

Introduction Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is an irreversible lung condition. Diseases classified as COPD cause swelling of the large airways in the lungs, which obstructs or blocks the flow of air. Symptoms of COPD include shortness of breath, coughing, wheezing, and decreased

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Common Cold

  Introduction   Colds are a very common medical condition.  There are over two hundred viruses that can cause the common cold.  The viruses are easily transmitted from person to person.  Coughing, sneezing, a sore throat, and a runny nose are typical cold symptoms.

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Bronchiectasis

  INTRODUCTION Bronchiectasis is a condition in which damage to the airways causes them to widen and become flabby and scarred. The airways are tubes that carry air in and out of your lungs. Bronchiectasis often is caused by an infection or other condition that injures the walls of the

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Food Allergy

Introduction Food allergies occur when the body creates a certain type of antibody called Immunoglobulin E (IgE) to food particles. This antibody is the same type of molecule that results in other types of allergies, such as hay fever, or allergies to bees and medications.Food allergy occurs in 4

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