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CONTINUED) CAUSE WHAT IS IT? TYPICAL SYMPTOMS Pneumonia Lung infection Coughing up green or yellow sputum, fever or shaking, chills, coughing up blood, chest pain, rapid breathing Pneumothorax “Collapsed lung”: an abnormal collection of air between the lungs and chest wall Sudden onset of breathing trouble, chest pain, may occur after chest injury Congestive heart failure Heart becomes unable to Trouble breathing with pump enough blood to exertion or at night, history meet the body’s needs of heart disease or high blood pressure, weight gain Respiratory failure A condition in which the lungs cannot completely get rid of carbon dioxide Confusion, lethargy, sleepiness, shallow and rapid breathing Pulmonary edema A collection of fluid in the lungs Severe breathing problems that worsen when lying down, rapid breathing, coughing up sputum Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) Lung diseases in which the lungs become damaged and do not work properly Cough, coughing up sputum, worsening after waking from sleep, more common in heavy smokers and people exposed to industrial dusts Tuberculosis Lung infection that can spread to other parts of the body Fever, night sweats, weight loss, chronic cough, coughing up blood, most common in people with compromised immunity, such as people with AIDS Pulmonary infarction or emboli The obstruction of a blood vessel feeding the lungs (embolus), sometimes causing tissue death in the lungs (infarction) Chest pain, apprehension, sweating, feeling faint, cough, coughing up blood, rapid breathing, sometimes history of calf pain or leg immobilization, such as on long trips 32 BREATHING PROBLEMS (ADULT) WHAT CAN CAUSE BREATHING PROBLEMS IN ADULTS, AND WHAT IS TYPICAL FOR EACH CAUSE?
10 ALLERGIC SYMPTOMS (SNEEZING, RUNNY NOSE, OR HIVES) WHAT ARE SOME CONDITIONS THAT RESULT FROM ALLERGIES, AND WHAT IS TYPICAL FOR EACH CONDITION? CONDITION WHAT IS IT? TYPICAL SYMPTOMS Rhinitis Inflammation in the nose Sneezing, runny and stuffy nose, watery eyes, postnasal drip Asthma Severe breathing problem Wheezing, difficulty breathing, chest constriction Hives Type of rash, generally bumpy or raised Swelling on the skin that can itch or burn Eczema Type of scaly red rash Redness on the skin that can ooze or become scaly and crusted Anaphylaxis Body-wide allergic reaction Swelling of neck and face, trouble breathing, confusion, light-headedness, nausea, rash Anus Problems What it feels like: varies from itching, burning, or bleeding to pain, sometimes extreme.
22 BLOATING Your doctor will do a physical examination including the following: weight, pushing on the abdomen, checking stool for the presence of blood. WHAT CAN CAUSE BLOATING, AND WHAT IS TYPICAL FOR EACH CAUSE? CAUSE WHAT IS IT? ) Ascites Abnormal collection of Swollen belly, more comfluid in the abdomen due mon in people with a to liver disease history of alcoholism and liver disease Colic Sudden and sharp abdominal pain Brief episodes of crying and writhing, bowel sounds, often relieved by passing gas; occurs only in newborns and infants Irritable bowel syndrome Alternating diarrhea and constipation, sometimes occurring during periods of anxiety Cramping, diarrhea, constipation, with minimal pain, no fever Blood in Stool What it looks like: a mixing of blood with bowel movements, making the toilet water red or streaking stool or toilet paper.