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When should you see a pulmonologist?

When should you see a pulmonologist?

Depends: When you continue to have breathing problems after evaluation by your primary care physician. Also, when there are abnormalities on x-rays and ct scans. There are many other reasons, but these are the common ones. Read more

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Are all asthmatics supposed to a see pulmonologist?

Are all asthmatics supposed to a see pulmonologist?

No: Primary care physicians (pediatricians, internal medicine, family medicine) often see most asthma patients - they may refer to a specialist, if needed, and if the treatments tried do not help. Read more

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Should I see an allergist or a pulmonologist to diagnose asthma?

Should I see an allergist or a pulmonologist to diagnose asthma?

Pulmonary: A Pulmonologist deals with the Lungs, and would certainly be able to diagnose and treat asthma. Allergists may also be able to treat it, especially if the asthma has an allergic component to it, but between the two, you can not go wrong with the Pulmonologist. Read more

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I have these episodes when I cough and vomit afterwards. Should I see a pulmonologist?

I have these episodes when I cough and vomit afterwards. Should I see a pulmonologist?

Yes: Coughing followed by vomiting could be an infection (we see that with whooping cough). It could also be a sign of gastroesophageal reflux disease. I would recommend evaluation by a primary care physician and let them decide which specialist you should see. Read more

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What is the normal recovery time after 2 lg pes and a dvt. And should I see a pulmonologist?

What is the normal recovery time after 2 lg pes and a dvt. And should I see a pulmonologist?

2-4 months, and No: Usually the clots in your lungs dissolve over a period of months. Once this has occurred, you should feel pretty normal. Recovery from DVT and the leg swelling that goes along with it is variable. Sometimes people end up with long term swelling, lasting years. Some folks have little or no swelling after...Your pmd can take care of this problem usually. Heme doc good when cause of clots unclear. Read more

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My baby has classic lissencephaly. When do kids w/ this condition start having respitory issues? And should I see a pediatric pulmonologist now?

My baby has classic lissencephaly. When do kids w/ this condition start having respitory issues? And should I see a pediatric pulmonologist now?

Respiratory issues: May occur at birth. Pediatric pulmonologists diagnose & treat apnea. Pediatric gastroenterologists diagnose & treat reflux to prevent recurrent aspiration pneumonia. Your medical team should include his pediatrician, a geneticist, a feeding specialist (usually an occupational therapist), a pediatric neurologist, a developmental/behavioral pediatrician & early start developmental therapists. Read more

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I had an URI and have been having breathing difficulty for the last two months. 24 years old and previously healthy. Should I see a pulmonologist?

I had an URI and have been having breathing difficulty for the last two months. 24 years old and previously healthy. Should I see a pulmonologist?

Met: I would suggest an evaluation with your PCP initially. If you smoke please avoid all smoke exposure. More details may be provided during an inbox consultation which may help to guide therapy. Read more

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Bronchitis & asthma on prednisne antibiotic & neb peak flow from 600 to 390 after week back to 500. Should I see pulmonologist not pcp for asthma?

Bronchitis & asthma on prednisne antibiotic & neb peak flow from 600 to 390 after week back to 500. Should I see pulmonologist not pcp for asthma?

Depends: It depends how often you develop exacerbations requiring oral steroids, if it happens frequently, I would definitely see a specialist, either an allergist or a pulmonologist can take care of your asthma. Read more

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Spo2 averages 93, very good heart and other systems (stress test, extensive physical), mild apnea well controlled with cpap. Should I consider the spo2 low normal and forget, or see a pulmonologist?

Spo2 averages 93, very good heart and other systems (stress test, extensive physical), mild apnea well controlled with cpap. Should I consider the spo2 low normal and forget, or see a pulmonologist?

Enjoy life!: We live in an amazing time when the quality of life that we can now enjoy is so much better than just 20-30 years ago, I believe you should do just that, using the marvels of modern medicine. We have medicines & treatments that can keep you at a certain stable point that most likely is comfortable. Continue your better living through modern chemistry, watching vigilantly for episodes of worsening. Read more

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Of board certified sleep specialists, is it better to see a neurologist, pulmonologist, primary care, etc for narcolepsy?

Of board certified sleep specialists, is it better to see a neurologist, pulmonologist, primary care, etc for narcolepsy?

The best one to see: Is the practitioner who has the best reputation and the relevant experience. If you go to one and you don't like him/her/it, find someone else. Read more

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I am coughing up green lumpy stuff. I have a RA and see pulmonologist for issue I have some nodules and cough up infection everyday but caught flu?

I am coughing up green lumpy stuff. I have a RA and see pulmonologist for issue I have some nodules and cough up infection everyday but caught flu?

Influenza: Hopefully you're immunized yearly with flu vaccine. If you become ill and suspect influenza you should be tested and treated with an antiviral. If you have pulmonary nodules from RA and were previously asymptomatic and now coughing up exudate it would be wise to go back and see your pulmonologist. Ra and its treatments makes you immune suppressed and at risk of very severe infections. Go now. Read more

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30yo non-smoker. Had 4 colds this year. Near-constant chest cough for 6-8weeks each time. Taking Omeprazole. ENT says I'm OK. See pulmonologist?

30yo non-smoker. Had 4 colds this year. Near-constant chest cough for 6-8weeks each time. Taking Omeprazole. ENT says I'm OK. See pulmonologist?

Cough: If the omeprazole is not helping, I presume your physician thought you had GERD, I would get a second opinion and a pulmonologist would be appropriate as he probably will X-ray your chest Read more

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Ct revealed "focal, ectatic, mucous impacted brochus in the left lower lobe". How do i/can I clear? Pulmonologist can't see me till late january.

Ct revealed "focal, ectatic, mucous impacted brochus in the left lower lobe". How do i/can I clear? Pulmonologist can't see me till late january.

Find another: Mucous plugging can be serious and affect your breathing. You can try over the counter mucolytic agents like guifenesin and increase your water intake. In the end I would seek out a pulmonologist that can see you in a more timely manner. Read more

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I have blood clots, that threw to bilateral pulmonary emboli, I have a pulmonologist, what other specialist should I see to be proactive in my health?

I have blood clots, that threw to bilateral pulmonary emboli, I have a pulmonologist, what other specialist should I see to be proactive in my health?

Identify cause: Establishing the cause of blood clots and pulmonary emboli is important. A good place to start is your primary care physician, who will review your medical history, perform an examination, order appropriate tests and possibly suggest a subspecialist based on the findings. Read more

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On and off left side of chest pain. Heart is fine according to ECG. Should I go see a Pulmonologist or Neurologist? Don't know if I have time for both

On and off left side of chest pain. Heart is fine according to ECG. Should I go see a Pulmonologist or Neurologist? Don't know if I have time for both

Chest pain: An EKG alone is not sufficient to rule out a cardiac source of your pain. A stress test or heart cath may be needed. There are many non-cardiac causes of chest pain as well. You should see a physician about this. Read more

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An ER visit and CT noted an 8mm sub pleural nodule on low/right lung. Said to retake CT in 3 mos. Should I see a pulmonologist sooner? Or wait?

Wait: That nodule is too small to characterize. Following up according to guidelines is probably what the pulmonologist will tell you. Other, considerations include family history and your personal smoking history. Read more