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What happens if you have water in your lungs

A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marianna Post
Family Medicine 18 years experience
You drown: Than you drown. Can't breath in water. Fish can, humans can't so far.Human lungs can't extract oxygen from water, so there is no oxygen exchange.
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A male asked:
Dr. Julie Abbott
Preventive Medicine 46 years experience
I'm not exactly sure: what sensation you are describing. Of course there are serious problems that cause actual fluid build up in the lungs, which can be diagnosed by phys... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Sturgis
Pathology 30 years experience
Fluid in/around lung: "water on your lungs" can mean an excess amount of fluid accumulating in the tissues of the lung themselves (pulmonary edema) or might also mean an ac... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Williams
Pharmacy 19 years experience
Not too sure: If this is because of a heart condition, then "water pills" will often do the trick. There are also some lung diseases that can also cause this. Of c... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Elton
A Verified Doctoranswered
35 years experience
Don't worry: you will normally cough if you get anything in your lungs that doesn't belong. Reasonable amounts of water should not be a problem unless you're talki... Read More
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gregory LaMorte
Periodontics 43 years experience
Conscious?: If not conscious, call 911 now. If conscious, their cough reflex should take care of itself.
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Divya Raj
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Water on lungs: water in the lungs is most commonly seen in congestive heart failure.
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 37 years experience
Mgt: It would be helpful to have more details such as whether you have shortness of breath, wheezing or dizziness. I would suggest being seen by your PCP.... Read More
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Coutts ii
Family Medicine 27 years experience
Self limited: If you got a small part of a cookie in your lungs, it would probably cause you to cough and expel it. Otherwise it can cause some mild to moderate loc... Read More
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Saptarshi Bandyopadhyay
Hospital-based practice 22 years experience
Context?: While generally water or fluid in the lungs is no well-tolerated (like in near-drowning), even small amounts of fluid can be dangerous even without ca... Read More
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