Anyone who's ever had an asthma attack knows about the chest tightness and why it occurs. Yet what about the chest soreness that occurs the next day? Why does asthma causes chest pain?
The interesting thing to note here is there are no pain receptors in your lungs!!! The reason asthma causes pain is because asthma causes you to breathe the wrong way.
Confused? Allow me to explain with a pithy lesson on how we breathe. (To learn why we breathe click here )
Breathing is the process of moving air into and out of the lungs. Breathing is one of the few bodily functions that can be done either consciously (you control it) or unconsciously (without thinking of it). Unconscious breathing : Most of the time you don't think about breathing, yet you continue to do it. This is an important safety net for life, because if we had to think about breathing 24-7 we'd accomplish little and most life would cease to exist. Air goes into your...
Alternative Names Anthrax - inhalation Symptoms There are usually two stages of inhalation anthrax: Stage one can last from hours to a few days. Symptoms may resemble a cold or the flu, and can include fever, chills, sweating, fatigue, malaise , headache, cough, shortness of breath , and chest pain. Stage two often develops suddenly. Symptoms include fever, severe shortness of breath, and shock. This list of symptoms is based on a relatively small number of people who have had inhalation anthrax. Additional symptoms may occur. Signs and tests Tests may include: Blood cultures Chest x-ray or CT scan of the chest Sputum cultures Initial chest x-rays are likely to show abnormalities such as fluid surrounding the lungs or an abnormally wide space between the lungs. Fluid or blood samples may be sent to a special laboratory for more testing, including PCR, immunofluorescence, and immunohistochemistry. A spinal tap to analyze the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) for infection also may be performed.
Alternative Names Obstructed airway; Blocked airway First Aid FOR INHALED OBJECT Any child who may have inhaled an object should be seen by a doctor. Children with obvious breathing trouble may have a total airway blockage that requires emergency medical attention. If choking or coughing goes away, and the child does not have any other symptoms, he or she should be watched for signs and symptoms of infection or irritation. X-rays may be needed. Bronchoscopy may be necessary to make a definitive diagnosis and to remove the object. Antibiotics and respiratory therapy techniques may be used if infection develops. FOR SWALLOWED OBJECT Any child who is believed to have swallowed a foreign object should be watched for pain, fever, vomiting, or local tenderness. Stools (bowel movements) should be checked to see if the object exited the body. This may sometimes cause rectal or anal bleeding. Even sharp objects (such as pins and screws) usually pass through the GI tract without complications. X-rays ar...
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