Since I contracted herpes, whenever I’ve gone to the gynecologist she’s always asked me to estimate how many outbreaks I experience per year. I’m always taken back a bit by the question since, without medication, I tend to have about two outbreaks a month . I guess that amounts to 24 outbreaks a year, give or take a few, but by the time I’ve done all the math out loud the doctor is already looking at me like I’m some immuno-deficient freak. A friend of mine went through a similar situation recently when she told her doctor she seemed to have 12 outbreaks per year, pretty much every month around the time of her period. It appears that the year is the smallest unit of time a doctor has to gauge the frequency of one’s outbreaks. I suppose for many people that is as low as it needs to get. But for those of us who calculate our number of outbreaks by the month, or week, it may be time to go on suppressive therapy &ndas...
Definition Parapneumonic pleural effusion is a buildup of fluid between layers of the tissue lining the lung and the chest cavity, which develops in the setting of pneumonia . Causes, incidence, and risk factors
Pneumonia, often called bronchopneumonia or bronchial pneumonia, can be a serious, even life-threatening, complication of COPD. When you have a chronic disease, your immune system is already compromised, making it harder to fight infections. Add to that the weakened airways and lung tissue that is part of COPD, and it is obvious how much of a threat a respiratory infection like pneumonia can be to someone who has COPD.
What Is Pneumonia?
Pneumonia is a respiratory infection that leads to inflammation and swelling in the bronchial tubes, known as bronchioles, and also tiny cells or airsacs at the end of the airways, called alveoli. Because COPD already causes similar issues, pneumonia results in an acute exacerbation of COPD.
What does that mean? Well, it means that there is an acute deterioration of respiratory symptoms. In particular, there will be increased breathlessness and cough, and an increase in the amount of sputum, as well as a change in the quality of t...
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