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FAQ on Pulmonology & Critical Care

1. When should I see a pulmonary specialist?

  • Chronic cough for more than 2 weeks or frequent episodes of cough for months/years.

  • Allergy not under control i.e. frequent requirement of syrup or oral medications and little change in the environment causing trouble.

  • Presence of Blood in the sputum (phlegm).

  • Unexplained weight loss associated with cough.

  • Overweight/obese with excessive daytime sleepiness/irritations.

  • Localized Chest pain increasing with deep breathing.

  • Difficulty in breathing (Breathlessness) on exertion or on routine activities.

  • Unexplained fever (fever of unknown origin).

  • History of smoking.

  •  To rule out occupational lung disease.

  • A child having respiratory problems, not responding to routine symptomatic treatment.

  • Screening at-risk individuals (employee working in industries).

  • Contact history with tuberculosis patient in the household (contact) to rule outspread of the disease.

2. What are the early signs of lung disease?

  • Unproportionate breathlessness i.e. difficulty breathing even for routine daily activities.

  • Cough not responding to homemade therapies/ OTC drugs.

  • Hoarseness of voice.

  • Early Morning bringing out more quantity of expectoration/phlegm/sputum.

3. How does lung cancer feel?

There are no specific symptoms and signs suggestive of lung cancer it may be asymptomatic (no symptoms) to severely decreased lung functions or symptoms (breathlessness/hemoptysis/chest pain/weight loss).

4. How do I know if I have damaged my lungs?

Lung damage can be assessed Screening by PFT/spirometry (lung function) and HRCT CHEST. 

5. Does lung cancer spread quickly?

Depends upon the type of tumor and most of them will present at an advanced stage. To detect early cancer screening essentially, especially for high-risk persons (smokers/ exposure of occupational hazards/family history of cancer). 

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