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About Lungs and Inflammation

Chest pain and pulmonary problems can be a result of disorders of the airways such as asthma or bronchitis, infection of the lungs themselves, or inflammation of the lining of the lungs.

Chest Discomforts:

  • Asthma
  • Bronchitis
  • Pneumonia
  • Pleurisy

Chest pain or discomfort caused by pulmonary problems are generally not confused by doctors with the pain of a heart attack. But any of these lung conditions in itself; is a significant medical issue that needs to be evaluated and treated by a physician.

Lungs can affect nearly any part of the body. Unfortunately, its accompanying inflammation can cause people with lupus to be at increased risk for lung diseases.

Inflammation caused by lupus may affect the lungs in many ways, and can involve the membrane lining of the lungs, the lungs themselves, the blood vessels with the lungs, and the diaphragm.

Conditions to watch for:

  • Pleuritis
  • Pneumonitis
  • Chronic Diffuse Interstitial Lung Disease
  • Pulmonary Emboli

Radiation pneumonitis is an inflammation of the lungs due to radiation therapy. This side effect of radiation therapy occurs in roughly a fourth of people who go through radiation therapy for lung cancer, but can also result from radiation to the chest for breast cancer, lymphomas, or other cancers.

Common symptoms include:

  • Shortness of breath that is usually more noticeable with exercise
  • Chest pain, especially chest pain which worsens with breathing
  • A cough which can be dry or product mucous
  • Low-grade fever

What causes this to happen?

Radiation causes the lungs to produce less of the substance surfactant. Surfactant works to keep the lungs expanded when we exhale and increases the surface area of the lungs available for the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide.

Chronic Inflammation can be a silent enemy to our bodies.

Our bodies become inflamed when the immune system jumps into action, such as an ankle injury. Chronic inflammation occurs when swelling sticks around and doesn’t let the healing process begin. It often rears its ugly head in the gut, resulting in painful bloating, alternating diarrhea and constipation, gas and a distended tummy.

Potential Causes of Inflammation in the digestive tract:

  • Emotional stress
  • Physical stress
  • Digestive issue
  • Poor diet
  • Insulin levels
  • Food allergies
  • Hormones
  • Synthetics
  • Chemicals
  • Trigger foods

Contrary to popular belief, inflammation isn’t just about headaches or swollen joints. It plays a part in everything from digestive disorder and depression to allergies, autoimmune diseases and abdominal fat.