1. What is a Pulmonologist?
A pulmonologist is a skilled medical professional specializing in the diseases of the chest and respiratory system namely the lungs, larynx, pharynx, bronchi, trachea, bronchioles as well as lung tissue.
2. What type of respiratory problems can a Pulmonologist treat?
A pulmonologist can treat several problems such as allergies, cough, bronchitis, tuberculosis asthma, chronic obstructive lung diseases and lung cancer.
3. When do you need to visit a Pulmonologist?
One needs to visit a pulmonologist in cases of prolonged cough, shortness of breath, chest pain, blood in sputum or even hoarseness of voice. Any worsening symptom or symptom that persists longer than 2 weeks should be fixed by seeing a pulmonologist.
4. What tests wil a Pulmonologist do for a check up?
Pulmonologists order tests such as Chest Xray, Lung function tests, erythrocyte sedimentation rate, CT Scans, MRI or other specific investigations to arrive at a diagnosis.
5. What is the difference between a Pulmonologist and chest surgeon?
Pulmonologists are trained in pulmonology which is a branch of internal medicine. Chest surgeons are surgically trained to open the chest and operate on the lungs and associated tissues.