Does a respiratory condition have you down for the count? Turn to Millennium Park Medical Associates, with two locations in the Loop and the Lakeview neighborhoods of Chicago, Illinois, for diagnosis and treatment of respiratory conditions. From the common cold to pneumonia, the practice, led by Farah Khan, MD, FACP, can help you get back on your feet. To book a visit, call or fill out the online scheduling tool today.
Respiratory conditions are chronic illnesses, like asthma, and acute illnesses, like the flu, that affect your respiratory system, or the mechanism through which you breathe, bringing in oxygen for the lungs, and releasing carbon dioxide from the body.
The respiratory system divides into two main groups, the upper respiratory system and the lower respiratory system.
The upper respiratory system consists of the:
The inside of your nose, or nasal cavity, is lined with little hairs called cilia and a sticky mucous membrane. The mucus membrane captures dust particles, and the cilia transport those dust particles toward the outer edge of your nose, so you can sneeze or blow them out.
Your sinuses are air-filled cavities that radiate out from your nose and help lighten the weight of your skull.
Your pharynx hides behind your mouth and nasal cavity. It allows air and food to pass into your body, and impacts speech.
Your larynx, or voicebox, connects your throat to the windpipe, so that you can speak and sing.
The lower respiratory system consists of the:
The trachea, also called the windpipe, is a tube made of cartilage rings that connects the larynx to the lungs.
The stem bronchi branch off into progressively smaller bronchi branches and deliver air from the trachea to the lungs.
The lungs allow oxygen to be taken into our bodies and carbon dioxide out of them.
These tiny sacs live inside the lungs and take in air and diffuse oxygen into the bloodstream.
Respiratory infections symptoms vary depending on their type and location. Many upper respiratory infections, such as the common cold, mild influenza, or sinusitis, share overlapping symptoms, such as:
Lower respiratory infections, like bronchitis or pneumonia, are generally more serious and often cause symptoms like:
Infections like these typically come from exposure to bacteria, a virus, or fungi.
Sometimes you can’t manage your respiratory condition on your own and need to go to the doctor. As a rule, book an appointment if you have:
At your appointment, Dr. Khan assesses your symptoms, and runs tests at the practice’s in-house lab. She gets test results before your appointment is over, and sends you home with any necessary prescriptions the same day.
Respiratory conditions are tricky and can often present confusing symptoms. Take the guesswork out of your illness and get back on your feet by booking an appointment at Millennium Park Medical Associates online or over the phone today.