How serious is this cough? Warning signs linked to respiratory illnesses

A woman with one of the most common respiratory illnesses gets rest on her cout

Over the last couple of years, respiratory illnesses have been a major topic of conversation. Many people have become hyper-aware of respiratory symptoms, wondering if every little throat tickle or runny nose could be a sign of COVID-19.

But there are several other respiratory illnesses—both acute and chronic—that also affect millions worldwide.

In this blog article, we’ll discuss the different types of respiratory conditions, their symptoms, and the treatments that can provide relief. We’ll also share ways to prevent the spread of contagious illnesses and when you should see a doctor.

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Recovering from COVID-19

doctor treating covid

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, many people have - or know someone who has - experienced the virus. According to the CDC, older adults and people with underlying health conditions are at a higher risk for severe illness and long-term complications from COVID-19. Like the symptoms and illness, recovery from COVID-19 is not the same for everyone.

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Living well with COPD


COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is a destructive disease. It's the third highest cause of death in the United States. In 2015, the American Lung Association ranked Indiana in the top five worst state for COPD. It is most often associated with people who smoke or who have had long-term exposure to harmful fumes. There is no cure for COPD, but it can be controlled and even reduced and it's important to get a diagnosis as early as possible. 

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COPD is treatable with early detection


Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is the medical name for the family of diseases that cause breathing difficulties. Often referred to as COPD, the disease inflames your lung tissue. This inflammation causes obstruction in your respiratory pathways. It is most often associated with people who smoke or who have had a long-term exposure to harmful fumes.

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Non-invasive screening for lung cancer: what you need to know


Most lung cancer is not detected until patients are symptomatic and see a doctor. By the time those symptoms appear, the cancer has typically spread and is considered late stage. Late stage lung cancer has a 5 year survival rate of just 15%. If detected early, the 10 year survival rate jumps to 92%! Those are odds everyone can appreciate. Learn more about screening criteria and the benefits of early detection of lung cancer.

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