A pulmonologist diagnoses and treats diseases of the respiratory system — the lungs and other organs that help you breathe. From the windpipe to the lungs, if your complaint involves the lungs or any part of the respiratory system, a pulmonologist is the specialist you want to solve the problem. 

A pulmonologist can treat many kinds of respiratory issues. These include:

  • Asthma, a disease that inflames and narrows your airways and makes it hard to breathe
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Cystic fibrosis, a disease that makes sticky mucus build up in your lungs 
  • Bronchitis and Pneumonia
  • Emphysema, which damages the air sacs in your lungs
  • Interstitial lung disease, a group of conditions that scar and stiffen your lungs
  • Lung cancer
  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • Pulmonary hypertension, or high blood pressure in the arteries of your lungs
  • Tuberculosis, a bacterial infection of the lungs
  • Bronchiectasis, which damages your airways so they widen and become flabby or scarred

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