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how can i remove fluid from my lungs?

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Dr. Aaron Milstone
Pulmonology 27 years experience
Multiple ways: Excess fluid in the lungs can be removed with water pills known as diuretics. Lasix (furosemide) is an example. You could also try decreasing our fluid intake. Both are effective but should be done under a health care providers care.

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A 35-year-old male asked:

How do the lungs physically remove "bad stuff" like tar, or any particles or bad things that got in there? Or do they remain in the lungs forever?

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Dr. Amit Uppal
Pulmonary Critical Care 16 years experience
A few ways: the cells that line your airways have cilia on them - basically little hair-like structures that sweep things out of your airway. Anything that makes it all the way down to into the alveoli will either deposit there or will be taken up by special cells that digest the material and transport it to other organs that can get rid of it.
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A 36-year-old member asked:

It said to ask a followup question. But guess this site doesn't connect one question to the next. One doctor said, "Your lungs are able to remove some dust via the ciliary elevator". I wanted to ask, "I take that to mean that some dust does stay in t

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Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 53 years experience
Little or no risk: If normal lungs and bronchi (no asthma, chronic bronchitis, etc), little or no dust remains in lungs. Flow of mucus carrying foreign particles ("ciliary elevator") brings it up to where it is swallowed and passes out the GI tract. This can be overwhelmed by very heavy exposure to certain dusts (e.g. silicosis or black lung in miners), but usually no health effects even with heavy dust exposure.
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A 22-year-old female asked:

I want to go abroad for working bt there seen spot on lungs .so do u have any medicin that remove spot on lungs???

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Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
Pediatrics and Pediatric Pulmonology 36 years experience
Mgt: If you are producing sputum a sample can be sent for cultures and cytology. A CT scan can be ordered to better define the lesions. Please follow up with your pulmonary specialist.

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