- Any coughing in a baby less than 3 months old that affects sleeping or feeding
- In a child under 3 years old, a cough that sounds like a seal barking
- A cough that happens suddenly and doesn't stop for an hour or more
- Wheezing (whistling sound when you breathe in or out)
- Breathing quickly or trouble taking a deep breath
- Losing weight for no reason
- Extreme tiredness
- Sweating at night
- Chest pain when coughing
- Coughing with a high fever or long-lasting fever
- A cough that lasts for 2 weeks and isn't getting better
Carl I Schoenberger, MD
Specialty: Pulmonary & Respiratory Medicine
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Gaithersburg, MD 20877
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- MDIPA/MAMSI (UnitedHealthcare)
- Optimum Choice/MAMSI (UnitedHealthcare)
- United Healthcare
- Shady Grove Adventist Hospital
When should I call the doctor about a cough?
Intermountain Healthcare answeredCall or go to the doctor or clinic for:
What are respiratory disorders?
Respiratory illnesses are conditions affecting the upper respiratory tract, producing symptoms mainly in the nose and throat. Upper respiratory infections include conditions such as colds, laryngitis, pharyngitis, rhinitis, and sinusitis. Additionally, respiratory conditions include infections of the lower respiratory tract, which may affect the windpipe, airways, and lungs. Lower respiratory tract infections include conditions such as asbestosis, asthma, and sarcoidosis.
The respiratory system consists of organs that process air in the body, including the nose, throat, and lungs. The nose is the entrance to the respiratory tract. The throat is the hollow tube inside the neck that starts behind the nose and ends at the top of the trachea (windpipe) and esophagus (the tube that goes to the stomach). The lungs are the organs that make it possible for people to breathe; their principal function is to transport oxygen from the atmosphere into the bloodstream and to release carbon dioxide from the bloodstream into the atmosphere.
During a normal day, the average person breathes nearly 25,000 times, taking in large amounts of air. According to the American Lung Association, approximately 342,000 Americans die from lung diseases each year; lung disease is the number three cause of death in the United States, responsible for one in seven deaths.
Many factors, including genetics, pollutants and irritants, and infectious diseases, may affect the health of the respiratory system.
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How can lower extremity endurance training help people with lung diseases?
Lyall Gorenstein, Cardiothoracic Surgery, answered on behalf of Columbia University Department of SurgeryLower extremity endurance training for people with lung diseases makes your muscles (including your heart) more efficient and better able to work. You will be able to do more activity for longer periods of time with greater ease. Endurance training includes aerobic type activities such as treadmill walking, stationary bicycling, or free walking. The American College of Sports Medicine recommends 20-30 minutes of continuous exercise 3-5 times a week for optimal cardiovascular and pulmonary benefits. Interval training or exercising for shorter times may be necessary initially until tolerance is achieved. Four 5 minute intervals with rest periods may be a more realistic goal to start. Intensity (speed, resistance, and incline) should be determined using a controlled graded exercise test performed by a physician. It is important to consult your doctor before beginning any new exercise program.
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