Pulmonology encompasses the branch of medicine that focuses on the respiratory tract – the airways, lungs, and respiratory muscles; and a pulmonologist is a doctor who specializes in lung disorders. Keep reading to discover several frequently asked questions about this specialized area of medicine.
How can a pulmonologist help me?
If you have any condition that compromises your breathing, you’ll want to speak to a pulmonologist. This type of specialist can treat conditions such as asthma, bronchitis, chest infections, COPD, emphysema, tuberculosis, and more.
When should I schedule a pulmonology appointment?
We strongly encourage you to listen to your body when it talks! Your body talks by producing symptoms and signs that indicate a problem. Signs related to the respiratory tract may include difficulty breathing, unwavering cough, coughing up blood or mucus, and others. When in doubt, make an appointment.
What should I expect at my pulmonology appointment(s)?
When you meet with a pulmonologist, she will ask you questions regarding your lung health (and you can ask her questions, too!). The more she knows about your specific ailments, the faster she can help you. She will conduct tests to accurately diagnose the condition, then create a treatment plan to help you manage or overcome your respiratory issue.
What type of education does a pulmonologist have?
A person pursuing a pulmonologist degree must complete years of extensive education and hands-on experience before officially becoming a pulmonologist. You can be confident that when you’re speaking to a Mercer Medicine pulmonologist, she has completed 4 years of college, 4 years of medical school, a 3-year residency program, a 3-year fellowship program, and an exam to officially make her a pulmonologist.
Do you have questions about pulmonology or how a pulmonologist can help you? Don’t hesitate to call Mercer Medicine today: 478-301-4111.