Lung Diseases

Family Medicine located in Lakeland, FL

Lung Diseases services offered in Lakeland, FL

Do you have difficulty breathing, a chronic cough, or shortness of breath during exercise? If so, you might have a lung disease. In Lakeland, Florida, Sergio B. Seoane, MD, offers treatments for lung diseases to help you breathe easier and reduce the risk of complications. Call Dr. Seoane’s office to be screened for lung diseases or use the online scheduler today.

Lung Diseases Q & A

What are lung diseases?

Lung diseases are conditions that affect one or both of your lungs. The diseases can make breathing difficult, lead to infections, or cause other troublesome complications when left untreated. See Dr. Seoane at the first sign of an ongoing cough or breathing disorder to be screened for lung diseases.

What are some common lung diseases?

Examples of lung diseases include:

  • Asthma
  • Pneumonia
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Lung cancer
  • Emphysema 
  • Bronchitis 
  • Blocked lung artery (pulmonary embolism)

Smoking is among the most common causes of lung diseases, as are air pollution, genetics, illnesses, and other medical conditions.

What are the symptoms of lung diseases?

The symptoms that usually indicate a lung disease include:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest tightness or pain
  • Wheezing
  • Chronic coughing
  • Shortness of breath with exercise
  • Pain when breathing
  • Coughing up mucus or blood
  • Fatigue
  • Leg or ankle swelling
  • Unexplained weight loss

Some lung diseases get better on their own. Others are ongoing and require long-term medical management with Dr. Seoane.

How does my doctor diagnose lung diseases?

To determine if you have a lung disease and treat it, Dr. Seoane asks about your personal and family medical histories, the medication you’re taking, and the symptoms you’re experiencing.

He examines your breathing, heartbeat, and more during a physical exam and completes lung-function (breathing) tests if needed. You might also require chest X-rays, CT scans, blood tests, or other diagnostic tests.

How are lung diseases treated?

The treatments Dr. Seoane offers for lung diseases include:

  • Oral medication
  • Inhalers
  • Stopping smoking
  • Healthy-lifestyle counseling
  • Oxygen therapy
  • Pulmonary rehabilitation
  • In-home ventilation therapy

Adopt healthy habits like eating nutritious foods, maintaining an ideal body weight, and getting regular exercise and plenty of sleep. Avoid smoking, being around secondhand smoke, and breathing polluted air whenever possible.

Dr. Seoane personalizes each lung disease treatment based on your needs and lifestyle. He refers you to a highly trained specialist if you need lung surgery.

Call the office of Sergio B. Seoane, MD, or use the online booking feature if you suspect you have lung diseases and seek symptom relief.