Lung Disease Specialist

DFW MDcare

Internal Medicine & Primary Care located in Plano, TX

On an average day, you take around 23,000 breaths. If you have lung disease, these breaths can be labored, painful, or weak. Lung disease affects millions of Americans each year and is the number-three killer in the United States. DFW MDcare in Plano, Texas, has a team of experienced providers trained to diagnose, treat, and manage the symptoms of this prevalent disease. Take control over your health. Call the practice to schedule an appointment or book online.

Lung Disease Q&A

What is lung disease?

Lung disease refers to a range of disorders that affect the lungs. Your lungs play a vital part in bringing oxygen into your body and expelling carbon dioxide, and anything that interferes with this process can cause severe breathing issues and long-term health problems.

DFW MDcare has a team of providers experienced in diagnosing and treating lung disease. 

What are the symptoms of lung disease?

It’s easy to miss the early signs of lung disease. But while a common cold or cough typically eases after a week, lung disease symptoms worsen. Signs you should look for include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Low energy levels
  • Inability to exercise 
  • Difficulty breathing
  • A persistent cough
  • Pain or tightness when breathing
  • Blood or mucus when coughing
  • Feeling like you can’t get enough air

If you experience these symptoms, make an appointment with the team at DFW MDcare. However, if you can’t breathe at all or need medical attention outside office hours, go to an emergency room. 

What are the different types of lung disease?

Doctors classify lung disease according to which part of the body it affects. Here’s a closer look at some of the most common.

Lung disease affecting the chest wall

To breathe, your chest must expand to allow air in. However, some lung diseases prevent it from doing so. Obesity hypoventilation syndrome and neuromuscular disorders can both make breathing difficult.

Lung disease affecting the airways

Lung diseases that affect the airways or bronchi tubes include chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, bronchitis, and emphysema. 

Lung disease affecting the air sacs

The bronchial tubes branch into air sacs (alveoli). Lung diseases that affect the air sacs include pneumonia, lung cancer, emphysema, and tuberculosis. 

Lung disease affecting the interstitium

The interstitium is the delicate lining between the alveoli. The most common lung diseases that affect the interstitium are interstitial lung disease (ILD) and pneumonia.

The team at DFW MDcare identifies your lung disease and monitors how it affects your overall health.

What causes lung disease?

Medical experts don’t know what causes every type of lung disease but agree that certain factors play a significant role in many cases. These include smoking, breathing toxic fumes, and living in high-air pollution areas. Other times, lung disease is caused by a bacteria or virus.

Breathing and lung problems should never go untreated. For an expert health assessment, call DFW MDcare today or book online.