Medical terms for symptoms related to the respiratory system include:
- dyspnea (difficulty breathing)
- tachypnea (rapid breathing)
- hypopnea (shallow breathing)
- hyperpnea (deep breathing)
- apnea (absence of breathing)
Shortness of breath and inability to fill your lungs can be due to a number of respiratory conditions. Typically it is caused when sometimes causes you airways to narrow. There is a common test to measure your lung capacity that may be used as part of the diagnosis process.
Chest pain, or tightness around the chest can be linked to a number of respiratory conditions, asthma being one of them. Mild symptoms can usually be treated, however chest pain should never be ignored as it may also be related to lung cancer, or a heart condition.
Most of us get a cough occasionally caused by an infection. Persistent coughing though needs attention to determine the cause. Coughing when in contact with certain substances, or in certain conditions, could be linked to asthma or allergies. A chesty cough with excess phlegm though could be a symptom of COPD.
If you are coughing blood you need prompt medical attention. Although this can happen as the result of persistent coughing, it can also be a sign of lung cancer. Early diagnosis of lung cancer improves the chances of successful treatment and recovery.
Do you have a constantly blocked up nose? Congestion is a common symptom and can be related to allergic reactions to certain substances, both natural and synthetic. Both allergic and non-allergic rhinitis can also cause a blocked nose. Treatments are available to help manage symptoms.
Excessive tiredness can be caused from any number of health issues. If you are not breathing well due to poor lung function, this is likely to leave you feeling fatigued as your body is working harder to combat your condition. Conditions like lung cancer can also leave you feeling very unwell and unusually tired so should be addressed.
If you feel low on energy it could be a link between your breathing and the quality of your sleep. Alternatively, many respiratory conditions leave you feeling low on energy, as your body will be continually fighting symptoms in an attempt to make you feel better.
Sleep apnoea is a common condition that causes loud snoring and heavy breathing whilst sleeping. Here a poor breathing function means getting a sound sleep to feel fully rested is rare. There are now successful treatments if you suffer with sleep apnoea that can help you live a more energised life.
Sneezing as part of a common cold is normal, but persistent sneezing may be linked to an allergic reaction. Here your body believes a substance to be of danger so produces antibodies that cause symptoms such as sneezing. Rhinitis can also cause you to sneeze, sometimes caused by allergens or sometimes from other causes.
Wheezing is where your chest makes a noise when you exhale. It is a common symptom if you are suffering with asthma and allergies as well as COPD. It is caused from a narrowing in your airways, making breathing more difficult. There are treatments to help with symptoms of wheezing.
To feel our best is ultimately everyone’s goal in life.
Often it is only when a condition arises, leaving us feeling unwell, that it becomes clear as to the value of our health.
Expert help is available to help you to better understand, manage and improve symptoms related to your respiratory health.