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1.  Pneumonia
Pneumonia is an infection in one or both lungs. The infection may be caused by fungi, bacteria, or viruses. Pneumonia causes inflammation in your lung's air sacs, also referred to as alveoli. The alveoli fill with flui...
Symptoms:
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Blood tinged sputum
  • Shortness of breath
  • Coughing up blood
2.  Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)
Congestive heart failure (CHF) is a chronic condition that affects the chambers of your heart. You have four heart chambers: two atria in the upper half of the heart and two ventricles in the lower half. Th...
Symptoms:
  • Bounding pulse
  • Lightheadedness
  • Blood tinged sputum
  • Shortness of breath
  • Coughing up blood
3.  Pulmonary Embolism
A pulmonary embolism is a blood clot that affects the lungs. Typically, a blood clot travels from another area in the body before becoming lodged in one of the arteries that supply blood to the lungs. A pulmonar...
This condition is considered a medical emergency. Urgent care may be required.
Symptoms:
  • Low blood pressure
  • Pleuritic chest pain
  • Blood tinged sputum
  • Shortness of breath
  • Coughing up blood
4.  Chronic Bronchitis
Your bronchial tubes are responsible for delivering air to your lungs. When these tubes become inflamed, mucus can build up. The coughing and shortness of breath this causes is known as bronchitis. People often develo...
Symptoms:
  • Blood tinged sputum
  • Pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Coughing up blood
  • Sore throat
5.  Cystic Fibrosis
Cystic fibrosis is a recessive genetic disorder that can lead to serious complications or even put your life at risk. It may cause severe problems in the lungs, pancreas, liver, and intestine. It is an inherite...
Symptoms:
  • Constipation
  • Hyperventilation
  • Blood tinged sputum
  • Shortness of breath
  • Coughing up blood
6.  Pulmonary Edema
Pulmonary edema is a condition in which the lungs fill with fluid. When this occurs, the body struggles to get enough oxygen. The most common cause of pulmonary edema is congestive heart failure. Heart failure i...
This condition is considered a medical emergency. Urgent care may be required.
Symptoms:
  • Coughing up blood
  • Peripheral cyanosis
  • Blood tinged sputum
  • Shortness of breath
  • Frothy sputum
7.  Getting a Handle on Aspiration Pneumonia
Aspiration pneumonia is an inflammation of your lungs and bronchial tubes. It happens after you inhale foreign matter. It is also known as anaerobic pneumonia. This condition is caused by inhaling materials such a...
This condition is considered a medical emergency. Urgent care may be required.
Symptoms:
  • Bitter taste in mouth
  • Coughing up blood
  • Blood tinged sputum
  • Shortness of breath
  • Grey skin
8.  Lung Cancer Overview
Learn the types of lung cancer, and read information about lung cancer symptoms, causes and treatments. Continue reading!
Symptoms:
  • Bone tenderness
  • Joint pain
  • Blood tinged sputum
  • Shortness of breath
  • Coughing up blood
9.  Bronchiectasis
Bronchiectasis is a condition where the bronchial tubes of your lungs are permanently damaged and enlarged. These damaged air passages allow bacteria and mucus to build up in your lungs, which result in infections an...
Symptoms:
  • Weight loss
  • Unintentional weight loss
  • Blood tinged sputum
  • Shortness of breath
  • Coughing up blood
10.  Small Cell Lung Cancer
Your lungs are two sponge-like, air-filled organs located on either side of your chest. When you inhale, your lungs absorb oxygen and send it to the bloodstream for use by your cells. Carbon dioxide, a waste product o...
Symptoms:
  • Nail problem
  • High-pitched breath sounds
  • Blood tinged sputum
  • Shortness of breath
  • Coughing up blood
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