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Respiratory diseases are pathological conditions affecting the tissues and organs making gas exchange possible, and includes conditions of the trachea, bronchi, upper respiratory tract, bronchioles, pleura and pleural cavity, alveoli, and the breathing nerves and muscles, and while the diseases can be mild, they can as well be self-limiting, such as the common cold, or even life-threatening with conditions such as pulmonary embolism, bacterial pneumonia, and lung cancer. This is the forum for discussing anything related to this health condition

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  1. Alveolar capillary dysplasia (ACD), also called congenital alveolar dysplasia, is a congenital and very rare malformation which involves abnormal capillary vascular system development around the alveoli of the lungs, and in infants, it is a rare cause of persistent pulmonary hypertension. This is the forum for discussing anything related to this health condition

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  2. Asbestosis is a long-term (chronic) lung condition caused after being exposed to asbestos for a long time, and can be very dangerous, and a symptom is severe shortness of breath (dyspnea), leading to an increased risk for certain malignancies, including less commonly, mesothelioma, and lung cancer. This is the forum for discussing anything related to this health condition

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  3. Black lung is a disease developing from inhaling coal dust, as people with the disease have lungs looking black instead of pink. This is the forum for discussing anything related to this health condition

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  4. Bronchiolitis is the inflammation of the smallest air passages of the lungs (the bronchioles), usually experienced by children less than two years old, and symptoms are wheezing, shortness of breath and coughing, and in most causes caused by respiratory syncytial virus. This is the forum for discussing anything related to this health condition

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  5. Bronchitis is the swelling or inflammation of the bronchi (bronchial tubes), the air passages between the lungs and the nose, and as the irritated membrane grows thicker and swells, it shuts off or narrows the tiny airways in the lungs, leading to coughing spells which may be accompanied by breathlessness and phlegm. This is the forum for discussing anything related to this health condition

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  6. Emphysema is a long-term and chronic lung disease characterized by difficulty breathing caused by limited blowing out of air damaging gradually the alveoli (air sacs) in the lungs. This is the forum for discussing anything related to this health condition

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  7. Empyema is the collection of pus (infected fluid and dead cells) inside the “pleural space” or pleural cavity (the thin space between the inner lining of the chest wall and the surface of your lungs. This is the forum for discussing anything related to this health condition

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  8. Laryngomalacia is the congenital softening of the tissues of the voice box (larynx) above the vocal cords, leading to noisy breathing in infancy. It is experienced if the laryngeal structure is floppy and malformed, making the tissues to fall over the opening of the airway, blocking it partially. This is the forum for discussing anything related to this health condition

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  9. Legionnaires' disease is the inflammation of the lungs, caused usually by infection, and symptoms include flu-like symptoms such as muscle pain, mild headaches, and high temperature (fever). This is the forum for discussing anything related to this health condition

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  10. Lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM) is a progressive, rare, systemic disease predominantly affecting women, leading to cystic lung destruction, especially during the woman's child bearing years. This is the forum for discussing anything related to this health condition

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  11. Persistent cough is the condition characterized by uncontrolled, persistent cough. This is the forum for discussing anything related to this health condition

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  12. Pleurisy, or pleuritis, is the inflammation of the pleura, the double-layered, moist membrane lining the rib cage and surrounding the lungs, sometimes making breathing to be extremely painful. This is the forum for discussing anything related to this health condition

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  13. Pneumothorax is the abnormal collection of gas or air in the pleural space, leading to the uncoupling of the lung from the walls of the chest, interfering with normal breathing. This is the forum for discussing anything related to this health condition

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  14. Pulmonary fibrosis is the respiratory disease characterized by the formation of scars in the lung tissues, causing serious breathing problems. This is the forum for discussing anything related to this health condition

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  15. Respiratory distress syndrome (RDS) is a condition characterized by the inability of an infant to breathe because the lungs re unable to make enough surfactant, the liquid which helps in coating the inside of the lungs to make infants breathe in air once after being born. The absence of the surfactant makes the lungs to collapse, making the infant to work hard to breathe. This is the forum for discussing anything related to this health condition

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  16. Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is the infection of the respiratory tract and the lungs, and can be severe, especially in infants and premature babies with underlying health conditions. It can also become serious in adults with heart and lung diseases, older adults, or an individual with a very weak immune system. This is the forum for discussing anything related to this health condition

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  17. Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) is a serious form of pneumonia caused by a member of the coronavirus family of viruses, and infection can lead to severe breathing difficulty (acute respiratory distress) and death in some cases. This is the forum for discussing anything related to this health condition

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  18. Silicosis, also known as grinder's asthma, miner's phthisis or potter's rot, is the occupational lung disease caused after inhaling crystalline silica dust, and is marked by scarring and inflammation in the form of nodular lesions in the lungs' upper lobes, and has symptoms such as shortness of breath, fever, cough, and bluish skin (cyanosis). This is the forum for discussing anything related to this health condition

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  19. Sinus infection, also known as sinusitis or rhinosinusitis, is the inflammation of the sinuses, leading to symptoms such as a plugged nose, thick nasal mucous, fever, poor sense of smell, headaches, cough and sore throat. This is the forum for discussing anything related to this health condition

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  20. Tonsillitis is the inflammation of the tonsils, most commonly caused by bacterial or viral infection, and common symptoms are red, swollen tonsils; sore throat; pain when swallowing; coughing; high temperature (fever); headache; chills; tiredness; malaise (a general sense of feeling unwell); glands (swollen lymph nodes) in the neck; white pus-filled spots on the tonsils; pain in the ears or neck; difficulty swallowing and ingesting meal/liquid intake; weight loss; and difficulty sleeping. This is the forum for discussing anything related to this health condition

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  21. Tuberculosis is a caused by various mycobacteria strains, typically attacking the lungs, though other parts of the body can also be affected. It spreads through air, when an infected person with an active TB infection sneezes, coughs, or otherwise transmits respiratory fluids through the air. This is the forum for discussing anything related to this health condition

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