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Doctor insights on: A Lung Disease Causes By Breathing In Volcanic Ash

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Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more


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How would breathing through a straw simulate chronic lung disease caused by smoking?

How would breathing through a straw simulate chronic lung disease caused by smoking?

Airflow resistance: Think of the lungs as a giant balloon. The critical point in the system is the neck of the balloon. The narrower the neck, the harder it is for air to flow in and out. In chronic obstructive lung disease the bronchial tubes are narrower due to mucous, swelling, inflammation and sometimes loss of support structures. The straw analogy relates to the airflow limitation through smaller tubes/airways. ...Read more

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Can breathing in a rotten apple for an extended period of time be harmful to health? Can it cause lung disease?

Can breathing in a rotten apple for an extended period of time be harmful to health? Can it cause lung disease?

Potentially: If the apple was rotten enough, you might inhale mold spores which is a health hazard, and could cause lung problems, but that is an extreme version of a rotten apple. Throw it away ! ...Read more

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Are there problems with breathing jet fuel over a period of time that could lead to obstructive lung disease?

Are there problems with breathing jet fuel over a period of time that could lead to obstructive lung disease?

Not certain: The department of defense has done research on this subject and does not believe that there are long term side effects from jet fuel exposure. There might be evidence to the contrary. Jet fuel exposure is not commonly considered a risk factor for copd. ...Read more

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Grandfather hospitalized for difficulty breathing. Age 77y, so is heart or lung disease more common?

Grandfather hospitalized for difficulty breathing.  Age 77y, so is heart or lung disease more common?

Heart: Heart disease is more common. In 2008, cardiovascular diseased caused 812, 000 deaths—33 percent of all deaths wheresas lung disease caused 242, 000. However, overall population statistics may have nothing to do with your grandfatther and hopefully evaluation in the hospital will quickly determine the causes for his shortness of breath whether cardiac/lung or even anemia. Good luck. ...Read more

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Chronic throat clearing problem after a cold 19 months ago, could this be a serious problem? Could I have lung disease? No trouble breathing at all!

Chronic throat clearing problem after a cold 19 months ago, could this be a serious problem? Could I have lung disease? No trouble breathing at all!

Post nasal drip?: Most people i know with this symptom have post nasal drip. It's drainage from sinus cavities going down the back of throat and causes either cough, tickling or other irritation. Can be mild to severe. Ask doctor for suggestions, confirmation, tx or referral if you feel too irritated. Best! ...Read more

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M31, after inguinal hernia surgery in gen. Anesthesia I felt difficulties in breathing n vomited several times. Do I have lung disease?

M31, after inguinal hernia surgery in gen. Anesthesia I felt difficulties in breathing n vomited several times. Do I have lung disease?

Not necessarily: most likely due to temporary reaction of anesthetic medications which may take few hours to clear from your body. Speak to your doctor if you have ' lung disease ' will tell you . ...Read more

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Need expert help here. What are the causes of asbestos lung disease?

Need expert help here. What are the causes of asbestos lung disease?

Exposure to asbestos: Exposure to asbestos could cause deposition of plaques of asbestos on the diaphragm and in the lung which called asbestosis. This cause lunf fibrosis and restrictive lung dis. Occasionally it could turn to a form of pleural cancer called mesothelioma. Shahzeidi, md. ...Read more

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What type of lung disease or problems can indoor mold cause?

What type of lung disease or problems can indoor mold cause?

Cough, asthma, pain: Indoor mold is a very common yet often hidden problem. It can cause a variety of serious health problems including cough, asthma, shortness of breath & chest pain, both through allergic reactions to mold and due to inflammation caused by exposure to mold toxins. About 25% of the population has a genetic hypersensitivity to mold. See http://www.Survivingmold.Com/diagnosis for much more information. ...Read more

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Breathing (Definition)

Breathing is the way we take in oxygen and expel carbon dioxide (co2) through out lungs. When our lungs expand we take fresh air in that contains oxygen and then when our lungs ...Read more


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Lung Diseases (Definition)

Lung diseases are diseases that interfere with the lung's ability to exchange oxygen. They includes genetic diseases, infections, ...Read more