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5 Common respiratory conditions (continued) Disease What It Is Devices Commonly Used for Treatment For More Information Influenza (Flu) A contagious respiratory illness infecting the nose, throat, and sometimes lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness. There are two main types: Influenza A and Influenza B. Common treatments include anitviral drugs, fever-reducing medicine and rest. Lung Cancer Cancer that begins in the lungs and may spread to lymph nodes or other organs in the body, such as the brain. Patients suffering from small cell lung cancer are usually treated with radiation therapy and/or chemotherapy. Nebulizer, Oxygen, Tracheostomy, Mechanical Ventilation Pleural Effusion A buildup of fluid between the tissues that line the lungs and the chest. Common treatments for this condition include antibiotics, water pills (diuretics) and removal of the fluid (chest tube). Nebulizer, Oxygen Pneumonia Infection that inflames air sacs in one or both lungs, which may fill with fluid. The most common treatment for this condition is the use of antibiotics. Some types of pneumonia, however, can be prevented by vaccines. Reactive Airway Disease (RAD) A condition in which the bronchial tubes of the lungs overreact t o an irritant, triggering wheezing and shortness of breath. If a person has reactive airway disease but the underlying cause is unknown, the best way to reduce symptoms is to avoid the irritant. Allergy medication, like antihistamines, may help. Nebulizer Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) A common respiratory virus that usually causes mild, cold-like symptoms. Children under 1 years of age and adults over 65 may experience more severe illness. Treatment includes managing fevers and pain with over-the- counter fever reducers and providing hydration. In severe cases, a person may require additional oxygen or intubation. Oxygen or intubation Sleep Apnea A potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts. Treatment often includes lifestyle changes, like weight loss and the use of breathing assistance devices at night, such as a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine. CPAP Machine sleepfoundation. org/sleep-apnea SARs- CoV-2 (COVID-19) An illness that includes a variety of symptoms: fever or chills, c ough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea. mms.mckesson. com/coronavirus- update

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