With your lungs constantly working to supply your body with the oxygen it needs to function, poor lung capacity could be preventing you from taking the full breath of air that supports a healthy brain and body. Several conditions can cause poor lung function, including lung disease and exposure to airborne contaminants. If you recognize one or more of the symptoms below, talk to your primary doctor to schedule a pulmonary function test.
- Coughing with Phlegm: The occasional cough is usually nothing to worry about, particularly if it is caused by external factors like air pollution or dust. A deep cough in the chest, though, could be a sign of underlying lung problems. When phlegm is present with the cough, it could mean that there is fluid in the lungs.
- Wheezing: Talk to your doctor if you experience common or constant wheezing. You may notice wheezing when common asthma or allergy triggers are in the air, or when you are physically active. Even everyday tasks like walking up stairs can be challenging when you have severe asthma or some other pulmonary condition.
- Chest Pain: Although chest pain is commonly associated with cardiac problems, it can also be caused by pulmonary problems. This pain can manifest as tightness in the chest and could be accompanied by shortness of breath.
In addition to a pulmonary function test, your doctor may order X-rays of the chest to narrow down the cause of your impaired lung function. If the condition is acute, short-term treatments can be administered to clear the lungs and resolve any problems. Chronic lung conditions may require ongoing treatment to manage the situation and make breathing easier and more comfortable.
For more information about a pulmonary function test, contact Memorial Clinical Associates. We offer on-site imaging services and pulmonary testing in the heart of Houston’s Memorial communities so that you can get a quick diagnosis and prompt treatment. Visit us online, or call us today at (713) 407-3067 to schedule an appointment.