Frequently Asked Questions

When should I be concerned about my breathing?
If you are experiencing shortness of breath at an increased frequency or the condition is not resolved by rest, notify your physician immediately.

Is it ever too late to quit smoking?
Research has proven that your body benefits from quitting no matter how long you have been smoking. Your body can even repair some of the damage. If you are interested in stopping your tobacco use and need help, consider trying our Tobacco Cessation Program. More information is available here. For more information quitting smoking, call Smoke Stoppers at (912) 819-6718.

What is asthma?
Asthma is an inflammatory disorder which, in the presence of various stimuli (e.g. allergens, infections, cold air), produces widespread narrowing of the airways. Asthma is an episodic disease and the attacks result in difficult breathing, wheezing, coughing and sometimes blue-tinged skin (if airflow is very restricted).

What is the most common cause of chronic bronchitis and emphysema?
Smoking is the most common cause of bronchitis and emphysema. Annually, nearly 500,000 Americans die from the effects of either indirect or direct smoking. It is also important to your health to receive the influenza vaccine annually. Please contact your doctor for more information.

What is pneumonia?
Pneumonia is the inflammation of the lungs caused by an infectious agent, such as bacteria, virus and/or fungus. Symptoms may include high fever, rapid pulse, chills and pain upon breathing or coughing or worsening shortness of breath with increased sputum production (phlegm). If you have not had your pneumonia vaccine in the last five years and you are older than 65, please contact your doctor.

Is oxygen flammable?
Oxygen supports combustion. A substance will burn more readily and hotly in an oxygen-enriched environment. Smoking is not allowed in the vicinity of an oxygen source.

What is emphysema?
Emphysema involves actual physical deterioration of the lungs where the normal exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide cannot occur. Symptoms can include progressive shortness of breath with lesser degree of activity over time, fatigue and loss of appetite.

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