Dr Helga Tóth pulmonologist, allergist-immunologist
Difficult breathing, stridor (breathing with a high-pitched sound), catharal or dry cough or chest pain are symptoms that necessitate a pulmonary examination and treatment.
The above symptoms may be the primary signs of diseases disturbing the airways (respiratory tract) and the lungs but may show the implication of other body organs as well.
Our pulmonologist and allergist-immunologist, Dr Helga Tóth, examines respiratory diseases with diversified professional experience at her private pulmonary consultation.
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Her practice includes:
- medical check-up and treatment of COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)
- examination and treatment of allergic respiratory diseases
- asthma check-up and therapy
- identification and treatment of causes behind coughing and problems related to difficult breathing
- stop (quitting) smoking support
- examination and treatment of inflammatory diseases affecting the airways and the lung
- pulmonary check-up after a COVID 19 infection
Collaboration with related medical professions in our clinic makes it feasible to exclude different body organ origin in the background of the symptoms and support the patient with a complex care in one place.
In chronic respiratory diseases, especially in the case of a COPD, problems like difficulty in inhaling and poor exercise capacity increase the patient’s vulnerability, which leads to escape from social relationships, introversion and social isolation. The psychosomatic approach of Panoráma Polyclinic gives these patients an opportunity for the complex care and health psychological counselling with the assistance of its professional specialists.
A few thoughts about COPD, its backgound and the importance of its early detection.
COPD is a common disease occurring worldwide. In Hungary, it affects almost half a million people. COPD is an abbreviation of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, which is a respiratory disorder with chronic bronchial narrowing. Due to the inflammation of the airways, walls of the bronchi are thickening and swelling, bronchial lumen is narrowing and mucus production is increasing. Small bronchi cannot discharge the congestion of the excretion. Elastic properties of the lung is decreasing, it becomes permanently inflated which all lead to difficult breathing and suffocation. COPD is an incurable disease. However, with the assistance of a specialist it can be well controlled, severity of symptoms can be reduced and the lung function decline can be slowed down, in this way improving the patient’s quality of life.
The leading risk factor for the disease is smoking, since 85-90 % of COPD patiens are smokers! Besides this factor, environmental damages like air pollution, wood based heating etc., malnutrition, genetic predisposition may also be responsible for the development of the disease.
COPD does not produce any particular complaints for a long time. Shortness of breath during exercise is often the first symptom which disappears when exertion has been completed, therefore the patient does not pay too much attention to this problem. Since patient accustoms to the reduced physical work capacity, he/she does not see the doctor in time.
It is important to mention that if you produce a persistent cough, increased ejection of phlegm/mucus from the throat, difficult breathing (even if it is mild and appears only when there is a physical extertion) or suffocation, you have to consult a specialist. The diagnosis can be made on the basis of the results of examinations which are not painful and discomfortable to the patient. By a therapy, which has been started in time, the disease can be treated more efficiently!
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