Respiratory Diseases

No one looks forward to the cold season when many of us come down with a sore throat, the sniffles, and a cough and feel utterly dreadful. A lot of chicken soup and TLC usually is the cure. Chicken soup is not a drug but it does contain a mucous-thinning amino acid called cysteine and is considered "grandma's remedy" for the common cold. Actually, time is the best cure and most people feel better in 7 to 10 days with or without chicken soup.

The common cold is one of a number of respiratory diseases that can infect our body. The common cold can be annoying. However, some respiratory diseases—such as emphysema—are debilitating and can slowly choke the life out of a person.

In this chapter, we'll explore the more common respiratory diseases and learn about the medications that are used to either destroy the disease-causing microorganism or to manage the symptoms of the disease.

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