What Is Pulpitis?
Pulpitis is a type of inflammation of the lining of your throat. It may affect any part of your body, but it’s most common in the larynx (voice box). You may have symptoms such as: difficulty swallowing or breathing; hoarseness; coughing up blood; or even vomiting. If left untreated, it can lead to permanent damage to your voice and health problems.
Symptoms of Pulpitis
The symptoms of pulmonitis vary depending on where it occurs in your body. However, if left untreated, they can cause a wide range of problems including:
Difficulty swallowing or breathing. This is one of the main reasons why patients with pulmonitis need medical attention immediately.
Hoarseness. This is another symptom that can be caused by other conditions such as tonsillitis or bronchitis. Hoarseness due to pulmonitis usually gets worse when speaking loudly, especially during loud conversations.
Coughing up blood. Blood in the form of frothy sputum may come out from the mouth and nose when coughing up blood due to pulmonitis. This symptom is a clear sign that you need a medical examination.
Vomiting blood. Similar to coughing up blood, vomiting blood also requires you to seek medical attention immediately because it can lead to death.
Inability to breath. This symptom is typically seen in patients who suffer from severe cases of pulmonitis. The patient may experience shortness of breath or have difficulty breathing when walking up the stairs.
Pain in the chest. Pain in the chest is common when suffering from more severe cases of pulmonitis. Acute pain in the chest can also be a sign of heart disease, lung disease, or even a heart attack.
When to See a Doctor
The main reason why you should see a doctor is due to difficulty swallowing or breathing. Other symptoms, such as hoarseness, coughing up blood or vomiting blood should also be a reason to seek immediate medical attention.
The main aim of treatment for patients with pulmonitis is to cure the underlying disease causing the inflammation in your body. This can be done through a wide range of treatments including:
Antibiotics. These are used in order to treat an infection caused by bacteria.
Corticosteroids. These are anti-inflammatory drugs. They lower the production of certain body chemicals which can cause inflammation.
Bronchodilators. These are drugs that widen the air passages in your lungs. This makes it easier to breathe.
In some cases, surgery may be required. This is mainly for patients with severe cases of pulmonitis, such as lung cancer.
There are several things that you can do in order to prevent or even lower the risk of getting a disease, such as pulmonitis. These include:
Quitting smoking and avoiding second-hand smoke.
Practicing good hygiene by covering your mouth when coughing and washing your hands regularly.
Getting vaccinated against flu and pneumonia. You can get the flu vaccine every year.
Seeking medical attention as soon as possible if you suffer from any of the symptoms listed above.
Pulmonitis: A Serious Medical Condition
Pulmonitis is a serious medical condition which can lead to several other diseases if left untreated. As such, it’s important that you seek medical attention immediately if you suffer from any of the symptoms listed above.
Who is at Risk of Getting Pulmonitis?
Anyone can get pulmonitis. There are some factors that can put you at higher risk of getting the disease, such as:
Smoking. The most common cause of this disease is tobacco smoking or being regularly exposed to second-hand smoke.
Aging. As you age, your immune system starts to weaken and become less effective at fighting off disease.
Breathing problems. People who already suffer from breathing problems such as asthma or COPD are more likely to suffer from inflammation in their lungs.
Weakened immune system. If your immune system is already weakened due to a chronic illness, you’re more likely to suffer from respiratory diseases.
Chronic illness. If you suffer from any other serious medical condition such as diabetes or HIV, your immune system is more likely to be weakened.
Poor living conditions. Exposure to extreme pollution, allergens or even household mold can contribute to the development of pulmonitis.
Living in a region with poor air quality. If you live in a location with high levels of air pollution, your risk of getting the disease increases.
Smoking Cannabis and Lung Inflammation
Even though cannabis is becoming legal in more locations across the globe, there are still many concerns about the long-term impact of smoking cannabis on lung health. Considering that smoking weed is one of the most popular ways of consuming the drug, this is a serious cause for concern.
It is believed that the main cause of lung damage is smoking cannabis itself, rather than the THC found in marijuana. It’s not fully understood how or why this happens, but it’s believed that chemicals in the plant may trigger an allergic reaction in some consumers. These chemicals may even be accumulated more if the weed has been sprayed with pesticides.
Symptoms of Cannabis-Related Lung Inflammation
Pulmonitis and similar conditions aren’t usually serious for seasoned smokers. If you’re a regular consumer of marijuana, however, you may experience symptoms such as:
A persistent cough.
Shortness of breath, especially when active or engaged in strenuous activity.
Sputum from the nostrils.
Dry mouth and throat.
Wheezing, particularly at night or in the early morning.
Chest pain when inhaling or exhaling.
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