A pulmonologist is a doctor who diagnoses and treats diseases of the respiratory system — the lungs and other organs that help you breathe.
For some relatively short-lasting illnesses that affect your lungs, like the flu or pneumonia, you might be able to get all the care you need from your regular doctor. But if your cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms don’t get better, you might need to see a pulmonologist.
How a pulmonologist can help you?
A pulmonologist works with patients facing serious or chronic breathing problems. While primary care doctors can handle mild or short-term conditions, such as those caused by a cold or respiratory infection, you’ll need to see a pulmonologist to diagnose, treat and manage more complex illnesses that primarily affect the lungs.
If you’re struggling with a respiratory disease, an accurate diagnosis is the first step. A pulmonologist uses spirometry and refers patients for blood test, chest X-rays, CT scans, and bronchoscopies to diagnose chronic lung disease.
Our pulmonologist will use medications, therapies and pulmonary rehabilitation to help you return to wellness.
When should you see a pulmonologist?
You should see a pulmonologist if that cough persists for more than 3 weeks, or if it becomes severe. This should be done in consultation with your primary care doctor.
When else should you see a pulmonologist?
The below symptoms can be related to a lung condition and a pulmonary specialist may be helpful:
• Chest pain or tightness, cough
• Dizziness or fainting
• Difficulty breathing, especially during exercise
• Fatigue, wheezing
• Recurring or chronic bronchitis or colds that impact your respiratory system
• Asthma that isn’t well-controlled, or has unidentified triggers
If you are looking for a very good pulmonologist in London Ealing you may book an appointment in Luxmedica. Our pulmonologist is available 5 times a week and at weekends.