Usually, breathing is effortless, but when an illness impedes breathing, it is time to seek the assistance of a pulmonologist: a doctor who specializes in lung and airway disorders. Pulmonary physicians diagnose and treat lung diseases. They are trained in internal medicine, lungs, and the cardio-pulmonary system which is the lungs, heart, blood vessels, and all the organs that help a person breathe.
Pulmonary physicians treat breathing disorders, chronic cough, severe allergies, asthma, sleep disorders, tuberculosis, lung abscesses, certain types of cancer, and lung diseases such as cystic fibrosis.
Pulmonary Physicians help patients who:
- Are overweight
- Have hypertension
- Have been exposed to asbestos, sawdust, or toxic chemicals
- Have diabetes or other diseases that may impact the lungs