Types of Lung Disease
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is progressive and so affects us later in life. The long-term effects result in enlargement of the right side of the heart and eventual death.
Chronic Bronchitis involves inflammation of the air passages which causes the airways to leak fluids, resulting in a wet, painful cough. When this condition is re-occurring, it is considered to be "chronic," different from a one-time infection.
Pulmonary Fibrosis scars the lungs, causing passageways to thicken and harden. This causes shortness of breath even during and after rest. It is a progressive disease.
Pneumoconiosis is an occupational lung disease where some form of mineral dust settles in the lungs, causing irreversible scarring and hardening of the lungs.
Emphysema gradually destroys the air sacs in the lungs, making it progressively more difficult to breath.
Interstitial Lung Disease has a variety of causes. People with this progressive disease have difficulty breathing and moving from place to place.
Bronchiectasis causes the airways to slowly lose their ability to clear out mucus. A mucus blockage builds up which allows bacteria to grow. Over time the airways lose their abiltity to move air in and out.