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Lung Disease Specialist

Anthony A. Natelli, MD

Internal Medicine & CoolSculpting Specialist located in Wayne, NJ

As many as 35 million people in the United States are living with a chronic lung disease, like COPD or asthma. To improve your breathing and keep you active, Anthony A. Natelli, MD, offers customized treatment plans at his internal medicine office in Wayne, New Jersey. Dr. Natelli uses the latest diagnostic testing, including spirometry, to identify unexplained breathing issues that may relate to early-stage lung disease. If you suffer from a persistent cough or shortness of breath, don’t delay an evaluation. You can schedule an appointment online or by calling the office today.

Lung Disease Q & A

What is lung disease?

Lung disease describes a group of disorders that affect the health of your lungs. Some of the most common types of lung diseases Dr. Natelli diagnoses and treats include:

Asthma

Asthma is a condition that causes inflammation in the airways and excess mucus production, which makes it increasingly difficult to breathe. Asthma triggers include environmental allergens, like smoke and chemicals, and physical activity.

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a condition that causes persistent inflammation and excess mucus production in the lungs. These symptoms make it difficult to breathe or stay physically active.

The excess mucus can also cause persistent coughing, and if scar tissue develops due to constant irritation in the airway, your diagnosis may be chronic obstructive bronchitis. You may also develop emphysema, another condition under the COPD umbrella that causes the breakdown of the air sacs in your lungs.

Dr. Natelli can also diagnose other types of lung disease, including infections from the flu virus or chronic lung inflammation common with pneumonia.

How is lung disease diagnosed?

It’s important that you seek a diagnostic evaluation for early warning signs of lung diseases, such as:

  • Wheezing
  • Painful breathing
  • Persistent cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Coughing up phlegm or blood

Dr. Natelli reviews your medical history and lifestyle to assess your risk factors for lung disease and offers on-site diagnostic testing like spirometry. Spirometry is a noninvasive breathing test that helps Dr. Natelli confirm a diagnosis of lung conditions, like COPD and asthma.

During your spirometry test, you breathe into a machine that measures how much and how fast you can move air out of your lungs. Once he confirms the root cause of your breathing issues or cough, Dr. Natelli creates a treatment plan to improve your breathing and prevent a worsening of your condition.

How is lung disease treated?

Your treatment depends on the type of lung disease you have. In some cases, you may need steroids and other anti-inflammatories to reduce inflammation and improve your breathing ability. You may also need a course of antibiotics if you also have an infection.

If oral medications aren’t enough to open your airways, Dr. Natelli may recommend medicated breathing treatments to quickly reduce inflammation.

In advanced cases of lung disease where it’s difficult for you to catch your breath or stay active, you may benefit from oxygen therapy that delivers supplemental oxygen into your airways.

If you have concerns about lung-related symptoms or need help managing existing lung disease, schedule a consultation with Dr. Natelli today online or by calling the office.