Donate to Respiratory Infections Research, Patient Care and Education

Infections of the lower respiratory tract affect the vocal cords and the lungs, and typically cause congestion, a cough and breathing difficulties. Among the most common respiratory infections are pneumonia, acute bronchitis, bronchiolitis and tuberculosis. While many of these infections are not severe, others (such as tuberculosis) can cause significant health problems and, potentially, can be fatal.

By making a donation to Northwestern Memorial Foundation, you will help physicians and scientists at Northwestern Medicine to continue to gain new insights into the development, symptoms and health implications of infections of the lower respiratory tract. Your generosity also will help to ensure that, at Northwestern Medicine, patients with respiratory infections will continue to benefit from the most advanced treatment approaches.

As with all infections, respiratory infections cause the immune system to become compromised. Respiratory infections can affect children, as well as adults of all ages, and are especially challenging for people with already compromised immune systems. With the support of your generous donation, faculty at Northwestern Medicine will continue to engage in leading-edge research and clinical trials, with the goal of uncovering new diagnostic methods and treatments for individuals with respiratory infections.

The primary causes of lower respiratory infections are viruses, bacteria and fungi. Individuals at the greatest risk of contracting a respiratory infection include smokers, young children, adults over the age of 65, people with chronic respiratory diseases, those with weakened immune systems and people who recently have undergone major surgeries. In addition cough, congestion and breathing difficulties, symptoms may include pain in the chest, fever, chills, dark mucus, fatigue, weight loss and night sweats. dark mucus, shortness of breath, wheezing, pain in the chest, fever, chills, fatigue, weight loss and night sweats.

Your contribution to Northwestern Memorial Foundation will help to ensure that Northwestern Medicine’s pulmonary specialists will continue to use an array of methods when diagnosing respiratory infections. Diagnostic testing may include a sputum test, tuberculosis skin tests, spirometry, peak flow meter testing and arterial blood gas tests, as well as chest x-rays and CT scans. The most effective treatments for respiratory infections include antibiotics that destroy bacteria causing certain types of infections; other types of medications, such as pain relievers and cough suppressants; and, if necessary in severe cases, supplemental oxygen. All of these forms of treatment are available to patients who seek care for respiratory infections at Northwestern Medicine.

Respiratory Infections Research & Care Donation

By making a donation to Northwestern Memorial Foundation, you will help Northwestern Medicine to remain at the forefront of research into, as well as exceptional care for, infections of the lower respiratory tract. Your generosity will fuel progress and will facilitate discoveries that will benefit many patients.

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