Pulmonology is a branch of medicine that deals with conditions of the lungs and respiratory tract. A Pulmonologist (lung doctor) is a medical doctor who specializes in the conditions affecting the respiratory tract and lungs. Pulmonologists are board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine.
You may need to bee seen by a pulmonologist if you suffer from respiratory infections, asthma, bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), cough, cystic fibrosis, pulmonary hypertension and sleep disorders.
Your lungs are part of your body that work together with the nose, trachea (windpipe), and throat, to move fresh air (oxygen) from the environment into and release gases (carbon dioxide) out of the body. Many conditions can harm your lungs and diminish the respiration process. Cigarette smoking, for instance, can cause chronic and debilitating diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and lung cancer. Respiratory infections, pollutants, or chemicals in the home or workplace can increase your risk of a serious lung disease. You may need to see a pulmonologist to find out about your risks factors for lung disease and respiratory tract conditions that could seriously affect your lungs.