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What Other Diseases Resemble Chronic Bronchitis
Terrific question: In general, auto-immune diseases are not commonly associated with sinusitis. On the other hand, it is possible that sinusitis itself can be an autoimmune disease. If an auto-immune disease is associated with some immunological deficiency, then any cavity in the body may be susceptible to infection. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Yes: There are other possibilities including reiter's syndrome. ...Read more
Fibromyalgia : Lupus can cause almost any symptom so it often mimics other diseases. It is diagnosed by a list of clinical and lab criterea. It is best diagnosed by a rheumatologist with experience in this disease. It is most commonly confused with other autoimmune diseases and other types of arthritis. It is also often missed in fibromyalgia which occurs with it. I hope this is the information you ...Read more
CLD and Tx: For more on Lyme Disease (acute and chronic) read Dr. Richard L. Horowitz's book "Why I Can't Get Better." He dose a great job explaining the symptoms, diagnostic test short comings and several therapy regimens. My practice focuses on Lyme and associated diseases and its effect on normal body function. It is also called the great masquerader, as it has many many symptoms. Best, JP Saleeby, MD ...Read more
What can cause chronic bronchitis with normal lung function test, no relation to allergy, infectious disease, tobacco and other chemical irritants?
50% of us: have asthma that does not make us go to the doctor on a given year. Mostly, I think this is mis-diagnosis of not asthma, but actually inflammation due to a viral illness which varies from days to over a month. Asthma meds (especially monteleukast) fix it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What could cause symptoms of immune issues and reoccuring oral thrush, other than autoimmune disorders?
Oral thrush: It is unusual for an 17 year old to have recurrent oral thrush. If you use chronic corticosteroid, or steroid asthma inhaler, you might have an increased risk of having it. Some conditions that affect the number or function of your t lymphocytes, a type of the immune cells can make you susceptible to oral thrush or mucocutaneus candidiasis. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
COPD: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) encompasses several causes of lung obstruction often resulting in shortness of breath and wheezing. The causes include emphysema wherein the elasticity of the lung is impaired producing difficulty with exhalation. Severe emphysema can also cause low oxygen levels, heart failure, and death. ...Read more
Pneumonia: Legionella is a relatively common cause of community-acquired and hospital acquired pneumonias. Legionnaire's disease is a syndrome of pneumonia caused by legionella species. One acute, febrile, self-limited infection caused by legionella is pontiac fever. I am unaware of any chronic infections involving legionella species. Hope this helps. ...Read more
Chronic infections: Chronic granulomatous disease (cgd) is a genetic disorder in which immune system cells are unable to kill some types of bacteria and fungi. The disorder leads to long term (chronic) and repeated (recurrent) infections. The condition is often discovered in very early childhood. Milder forms may be diagnosed at a later age. Check this site. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0002219/. ...Read more
Can you tell me the major signs and differences between lung cancer vs other benign illnesses like asthma, bronchitis, or an infection?
Asthma, COPD: And bronchitis have predictable signs and symptoms, lung cancer may have none or all of these, and already spread. We no know that if you smoke, and are over 50, a screening ct with low dose spiral ct detcts cancer and lowers all cause mortality. Best prevention is to never smoke, or stop if you do, at any age. ...Read more
What are the symptoms and mucus appearance due to fungal lung infection (vs. Bacterial or viral)? How are fungal lung infections diagnosed?
Diagnosis: Mucus appearance does not give us diagnosis nor really give us a clue as to type of most of the time even the presence of infection. Lung infections with fungi are diagnosed when a person who had been to an area endemic for a fungus presents with symptoms, cxr taken, some clues are seen, and either a titer (blood reaction) or sputum by expectoration or fob, stains positive and grows the fungus. ...Read more
Assays.: These kinds of diseases are tested for ny tests called assays that test for viral antigen oe antibodies to the viral antigens or proteins. For example, the hepatitis b surface antigen (hbsag) is the screening testy for hepatitis b infection. Meanwhile, the anti-hbs antibody tells if the person has recovered from the hepatitis b infection, or has been vaccinated. ...Read more
Many things: The symptoms of a new HIV infection are nonspecific--that is, the same symptoms can be caused by many medical conditions. Most common are sore throat, fever, a non-itchy skin rash of red spots, and enlarged lymph nodes -- plus others. Most people with these symptoms have other viruses or non-infectious problems, even if at risk for HIV. Testing for HIV is the only way to know. See your doctor. ...Read more
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