Respiratory Problems: What are the signs?

Flowers can give some people allergies!

Many people have respiratory problems especially this time of year, in the spring and summer, people who already have asthma or other respiratory difficulties, have increasing problems. Here are some respiratory symptoms:

Coughing: A protective reflex to clear the trachea, bronchi and lungs of secretion and irritants

Sputum: Coughing brings up secretions known as sputum. Blood in the sputum known as hemoptysis is usually a sign that bleeding is occurring in the respiratory or gastrointestinal tract.

Hoarseness: A symptom caused by an abnormal growth on the larynx, or it may be  an infection in the throat

Wheezing: A high-pitched  noise that occurs through a  narrowed airway. It is seen with asthma, bronchitis and people who have allergies.

Chest Pain: occurs in various forms such as chest tightness, pain when taking a deep breath, or stabbing pain that comes unexpectedly.

There are also more general symptoms of respiratory disorders including: loss of appetite, weight loss, fever, fatigue, cyanosis, sweats and chills.

Here are some Major Diseases: diseases that affect air passages and the lungs are called bronchopulmonary diseases.

1. Pneumonia

2. Bronchitis

3. Emphysema


5. Asthma

6.Pulmonary Embolism

Caused by Bacteria or virus:

7. Tuberculosis

8. HINI Virus (Swine Flu)

Cancer of the Respiratory System

High on the list of contributing factors related to cancer of the respiratory tract is smoking. A well-known risk of lung cancer is  the inhalation of cigarette smoke.

Generally, the first symptoms of respiratory cancer is a persistent, productive cough. Hemoptysis, spitting up blood, may occur later in the disease process because of the malignancy.

Surgery to remove the cancerous tissue is the major form of treatment along with radiation and chemotherapy.


Since smoking is a major factor related to lung cancer and many other cancers, it may be time to think carefully about quitting before you develop some of the signs and symptoms that may lead to cancer.

I know that it is easier said then done, but I have quit smoking, and I know how difficult it can be. I decided the day I turned 40 that it was time! This year on my 58th birthday, it will be 18 years since I have smoked.

I am healtier today because I gave up a terrible addiction.


Taken in part from: Gauwitz, D. (2011) Administering Medication. Minneapolis, Minn. McGraw-Hill