If you have trouble breathing as the result of chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD), consulting with a doctor of pulmonary medicine is essential. Known as pulmonologists, these doctors also qualify as internists, doctors of internal medicine, but have received special training that focuses on lung diseases. As with all internists, a pulmonologist will be able to diagnose complex conditions.
You should also know that pulmonary medicine also encompasses the upper respiratory tract and the heart, in some instances. If you suffer from relatively minor lung conditions, such as asthma or pneumonia, consulting with a pulmonologist may be necessary to receive an accurate diagnosis to rule out serious conditions before you begin treatment.