Our lungs are among the most important organs in our bodies. However, we often don’t realize how essential they are until it’s too late. The lungs are necessary to absorb and process the Oxygen we need to survive and without them, all of our other organs can’t function. Here is a look at some of the deadliest lung diseases you should be aware of.
Coronavirus: At this point, everyone knows about the dangers of coronavirus — and if you don’t you must be living under a rock. To date, coronavirus has been responsible for over 2.6 million deaths worldwide. The coronavirus attaches itself to receptors on healthy cells, especially those in your lungs. It then makes copies of itself and multiplies throughout the body. This is a similar process to what occurs when you have a fever or the common cold — however, the coronavirus goes much deeper than these common ailments. To protect yourself from COVID-19, you must wear a mask and wash your hands after touching surfaces and interacting with others. Diet and exercise can also help boost your immune system, which will help you fend off the virus if you do catch it.
Bronchitis: Bronchitis is an inflammation of the lining of the bronchial tube, that carries air to and from the lungs. The disease is caused by a viral respiratory infection and symptoms include coughing up thick mucus and experiencing shortness of breath. It can also be exacerbated by smoking, gastric reflux, and exposure to other lung illnesses and irritants. Bronchitis typically heals on its own — however, some patients develop the illness for life. Over 9 million adults were diagnosed with bronchitis over the past year and 3.6% of them developed chronic bronchitis. If left untreated the disease can lead to serious long-term health problems and even lung failure.
Mesothelioma: Mesothelioma is a rare lung disease caused by exposure to a deadly material called asbestos. The disease is rare in the US and only about 3000 cases are reported per year. However, it is a preventable disease that has a high death rate for those who contract it. Malignant mesothelioma is caused by breathing in asbestos. Asbestos is a mineral that was used in construction and building materials throughout the industrial age. Its use slowed significantly after it was discovered to cause cancer. However, many older buildings and work sites still contain it. If you live or work in an area where you were exposed to asbestos and contracted mesothelioma, you are entitled to take legal action against anyone who put you at risk. Visit the mesothelioma cancer network for more information on how to file a settlement.