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Doctor insights on: Air Trapping Lungs

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Is air trapping in lungs an easy fix?

Is air trapping in lungs an easy fix?

Emphysema: If from smoking this is a permanent damage. ...Read more

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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Is exercise intolerance the first symptom of air trapping in lung? 43year male, 23 year smoker my spirometry result. Fvc 106% of predicted fev1 95% of predited fev1/fvc 73% fef25/75 62% of predicted ferf 125% of predicted will take the dlco and rv te

Is exercise intolerance the first symptom of air trapping in lung? 43year male, 23 year smoker my spirometry result. Fvc 106% of predicted fev1 95% of predited fev1/fvc 73% fef25/75 62% of predicted ferf 125% of predicted will take the dlco and rv te

Follow up: These findings do indicate that there is mild airflow obstruction and involvement of the small airways.
Your smoking history is significant and I hope that you have quite smoking and will avoid inhaling smoke.
Your follow up study should include testing with and without a bronchodilator.
This will help your physician determine responsiveness to the medication. ...Read more

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What does air trapping in the lungs mean?

What does air trapping in the lungs mean?

Obstruction: Air trapping means that air gets into the lungs and can't get out easily. This description applies to asthma, chronic bronchitis and emphysema- disease known as obstructive lung doseases. ...Read more

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Can lungs air trapping be cured or treated, or is it permanent?

Can lungs air trapping be cured or treated, or is it permanent?

Air trapping is: Usually caused by asthma, reactive airways disease, or bronchitis. Inflammation of the tiny airways leading to the alveoli get clogged or narrowed, which traps the air inside the alveoli. This is usually reversible by decreasing the inflammation in the bronchioles with steroids, anti-inflammatories, and bronchodilators. ...Read more

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How long does advair disqus 250/50 take to completely relieve lung air trapping symptoms due to allergy??

How long does advair disqus 250/50 take to completely relieve lung air trapping symptoms due to allergy??

Variable Times: Improvement in asthma control following administration of Advair diskus (salmeterol and fluticasone) can occur within 30 minutes, although maximum benefit may not be achieved for 1 week or longer after starting treatment. Of course each individual will experience a variable time to onset and degree of symptom relief. If your asthma is more severe this medication alone might not provide adequate relief. Talk to your doctor ...Read more

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How does air get trapped in the lungs? What would happen?

How does air get trapped in the lungs? What would happen?

Air trapping: Air can get trapped in part of lung by obstruction to airway or bronchus. The obstruction usually acts as ball valve allowing air in but not out. The obstruction can be plug of mucus in asthma and cystic fibrosis, a foreign body such as peanut in airway, or aspiration of food when drunk or neurologically challenged. Some people with emphsema the air cells themselves are not able to empty (copd). ...Read more

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What to do if I have what feels like hyperinflated lungs, although my recent expiratory CT scan shows no air trapping.?

What to do if I have what feels like hyperinflated lungs, although my recent expiratory CT scan shows no air trapping.?

Air trapping: Talk to your doctor. The way to diagnose COPD etc... is with pulmonary function tests, not necessarily CT. ...Read more

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My chest x-ray shows hyperinflated lungs. Can anxiety cause air trapping from poor breathing?

NO: Air trappin is generally due to air OBSTRUCTION in the smaller lung (bronchial) tubes. S guess a VERY DEEP Breath. ..held while the xray is taken could give an appearance of hyperinflation but Radiologist know the difference!!! BTW anxiety generally is associated with rapid shallow breathing...Hope this helps!
Dr Z ...Read more

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Ct chest no contrast says hyperinflation. Dr says CT was normal & long torso is the reason lungs look big. Would air trapping & bullous show up in ct?

Ct chest no contrast says hyperinflation. Dr says CT was normal & long torso is the reason lungs look big. Would air trapping & bullous show up in ct?

Yes: Air trapping and bullae can be seen on the ct scan. Pfts can also detect air trapping with the special test where they place you in a box and make you breathe through the mouth piece. ...Read more

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37 wks preg. CT scan of lungs ruled out oulmonary embolism but showed minor dependency change and atelectasis. Suggested air trapping. Is this concern?

37 wks preg. CT scan of lungs ruled out oulmonary embolism but showed minor dependency change and atelectasis. Suggested air trapping. Is this concern?

What they: Are calling dependent changes are usually normal and simply related to the effect of gravity on your lungs when you lay on your back. "Air trapping" relates to retention of excess air in the lungs or parts of the lungs. The CT findings of air trapping can be seen in normal individuals, but also in asthma, chronic bronchitis, and other entities, so talk to your doc about the results. ...Read more

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what Other things can cause the chest X-ray appearance of hyper expansion/air trapping.?

what Other things can cause the chest X-ray appearance of hyper expansion/air trapping.?

Hyper expansion: COPD, asthma, cystic fibrosis and other cystic lung diseases, some infections (RSV), and spurious chest X-ray finding due to large inspiratory excursion. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed on a VQ scan with bilateral air trapping and was referred to a pulmonologist. I am only 22, and I have bad pain in my chest. Causes?

I was diagnosed on a VQ scan with bilateral air trapping and was referred to a pulmonologist. I am only 22, and I have bad pain in my chest. Causes?

Mgt: I would suggest lung function testing with a DLCO and chest imaging to include a chest CT as indicated.
If you smoke, please quit smoking. Your local chapter of the ALA has more information. I would advise asking about CF, COPD, A1AT deficiency, asthma. ...Read more

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My chest X-ray showed low to moderate air trapping. Do I have copd?

My chest X-ray showed low to moderate air trapping. Do I have copd?

Possibly: Possibly, but the diagnosis should be made with pulmonary function tests. Other things can cause the chest X-ray appearance of hyper expansion/air trapping. ...Read more

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What are the factors that affect how much air your lungs can hold?

Blame your parents: Age, race, sex and smoking/ exposures all will determine lung function after the age of 25. If healthy, your total lung capacity is determined by your parents and environment. ...Read more

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What are the network of air passages within the human lungs are made up of?

What are the network of air passages within the human lungs are made up of?

Anatomy & Physiology of the Respiratory System: The respiratory system is situated in the thorax, and is responsible for gaseous exchange between the circulatory system and the outside world. Air is taken in via the upper airways (the nasal cavity, pharynx and larynx) through the lower airways (trachea, primary bronchi and bronchial tree) and into the small bronchioles and alveoli within the lung tissue.
(Souce: Virtual autopsy) ...Read more

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Hi when I exhale it feels like I didn't let go of all the air in my lungs, there is no pain, just feels weird?

Hi when I exhale it feels like I didn't let go of all the air in my lungs, there is no pain, just feels weird?

See a doctor: There is not enough information here to comment on but if the symptoms is bothering you or there are other symptoms or risk factors such as smoking you should see a doctor to have it checked out. ...Read more

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Does cold air help your lungs feel better?

Does cold air help your lungs feel better?

Yes: Often when people have infections such as colds, flus or even pneumonia it can be difficult to breathe and they can work up a sweat just taking air in and out. For them it can often feel good and refreshing to take in some cold air. However, if they have asthma or bronchitis, the quick change in the temperature can lead to constriction of the bronchi and can make breathing more difficult. ...Read more

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What happens once air pollution goes into the lungs?

What happens once air pollution goes into the lungs?

Depends on the: Pollutant. The major effects are inflammation, cell injury, carcinogenesis, exacerbation of asthma and copd, increase in coagulability of blood, heart attacks and a whole lot more. ...Read more

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If I work out for a long time, can the air capacity in my lungs increase?

If I work out for a long time, can the air capacity in my lungs increase?

Define air capacity: If by air capacity, you mean your lungs vital capacity, then no. Your vital capacity is dictated by your anatomy (it's a function of your age and height). But if you're referring to your vo2max (maximal aerobic capacity) then yes, since this is a measure of oxygen use and indirectly, physical fitness. ...Read more

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My lungs hurt jogging in the cold. What is it about cold air that does that?

My lungs hurt jogging in the cold. What is it about cold air that does that?

Lungs and cold air: It's not abnormal for cold air to cause spasms in the lung airways, making it harder to breathe. Cold air can dry out your lungs, and make them 'cold too.' breathing through your nose will help, and at times, some people may have an asthma event triggered and those patients will benefit from an inhaler to use 15 minutes prior to going out to exercise in the cold. Good luck to you. ...Read more

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What can it be I sometimes cough, and sometimes can't get enough air in my lungs?

What can it be I sometimes cough, and sometimes can't get enough air in my lungs?

Inspire vs expire: Coughing and shortness of breath are common symptoms for asthma. Difficulty breathing on expiration is typical of asthma, while difficulty breathing on inspiration can be suggestive of vocal cord dysfunction. This is when the vocal cords close instead of open when taking a breath. It can occur with asthma or not with asthma. A pulmonologist, allergist or ENT can assist with the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Is it possible for the lungs to inflate/chest to expand, but for no or little air to get into the body?

Is it possible for the lungs to inflate/chest to expand, but for no or little air to get into the body?

By laws of nature...: No. If a person's lungs are inflated with air, or if his chest is inflated with air, then by the laws of physics and the laws of nature, he has air in his body. That's the definition of "air in the body". Of course, there may be research into the futuristic breathing of "liquid air" as some propose for deep sea diving or space travel, but that's another story. ...Read more

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In the light I can see particles flying in the air in the home. Maybe it's dust. Is this stuff in air bad for health or lungs?

In the light I can see particles flying in the air in the home. Maybe it's dust. Is this stuff in air bad for health or lungs?

Normal, harmless: We all breathe dust into our lungs all the time. Except in unusually large amounts, it's harmless. All air contains dust. It's more visible in certain lighting conditions, but this doesn't sound like an abnormal amount of dust and will not harm you at all. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with pneumonia 10/21, 2 different abx taken. Now, lungs are clear but still feel restrictive like "air hunger". Is this normal, 4 wks later?

Diagnosed with pneumonia 10/21, 2 different abx taken. Now, lungs are clear but still feel restrictive like "air hunger". Is this normal, 4 wks later?

Mgt: I would suggest monitoring your temperature, and being seen again by your PCP. The pneumonia may have recurred or resulted in a change in your airways. I would suggest pulmonary testing and an x ray. ...Read more

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Can dry air cause a lung to collapse?

Can dry air cause a lung to collapse?

Not likely: Non-trauma, spontaneous pneumothorax occur as a result of an abnormality in the lung tissue. Risk factors for primary and secondary spontaneous pneumothorax (sp) include: smoking (including marijuana), tall thin stature in otherwise healthy, connective tissue disorders, pregnancy, familial history. Dry air is not generally a risk factor. ...Read more

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How do we ensure that air gets to lungs and food gets to esophagus?

How do we ensure that air gets to lungs and food gets to esophagus?

Pharynx: The pharynx, the common space at the back of the mouth and throat where food and breathing take place, has reflexly operated membranes and cartilage which close the larynx (windpipe) when swallowing and prevents the wrong this from getting past. This can be consciously bypassed - but why would you want this? ...Read more

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I feel like I breathe warm air and that it doesn't fill my lungs. Help?

I feel like I breathe warm air and that it doesn't fill my lungs. Help?

? Asthma: Or just hyperventilating due to anxiety, see your doctor for evaluation, meanwhile, relax, breathe in a small paper bag when you have the symptoms for few minutes, best wishes ...Read more

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Cold like symptoms, but very heavy chest/ trouble getting air into lungs?

Cold like symptoms, but very heavy chest/ trouble getting air into lungs?

Medical care: Medical care is indicated. If you are having respiratory distress (problems breathing which may be life threatening), you should seek care at the hospital emergency department.
Your physicians will most likely perform a chest radiograph to rule out pneumonia.
If you have a history of reflux, aspiration is a possible cause of your respiratory problems.
PRMG fax 858 259 9689 for review.? s ...Read more

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How do doctors check if someone has a blockage in an air passage in one of her lungs?

How do doctors check if someone has a blockage in an air passage in one of her lungs?

2 ways: imaging - either chest xray or CT scan
Bronchoscopy for direct visualization

Also, you could add exam. If a patient came in with stridor, that would be an indication of a potential foreign body in an airway. Pt may also be hypoxic depending on how large the object was and where it is. ...Read more

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Is it possible there is an exercise or physical regime that can strengthen your air way to a lung?

Is it possible there is an exercise or physical regime that can strengthen your air way to a lung?

Cardio: Cardiovascular exercise will condition the heart and lungs to improve oxygenation in general. ...Read more

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My ex lungs collasps yesterday will he recover since they have put a machine hole in him that pumps air?

My ex lungs collasps yesterday will he recover since they have put a machine hole in him that pumps air?

Chest Tube: It sounds like he had a chest tube placed; this is a tube which is connected to a machine that actively suctions air OUT of the chest so that the lungs can expand every time he expands his chest. When your lungs collapse, it is due to extra air inside the chest that pushes on the lungs and prevents them from expanding; the tube removes that air. ...Read more

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I have had steroids 4 times in 4 months. I, am struggling to get air in and out. Worse when I lie down. Have I got fluid on my lungs?

I have had steroids 4 times in 4 months. I, am struggling to get air in and out. Worse when I lie down. Have I got fluid on my lungs?

Not if steroids...: ...Were the correct treatment. Likely need to see pulmonologist asap for further evaluation, testing and medication modification. Your primary dr can make sure there is not an underlying heart function issue, or if suspects one, send you to cardiologist instead or also. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with emphasema several yrs. Ago. Lately i'v noticed that my lungs involuntarily gasp for breath as if air is being forced in.

Go see your doctor: There are new meds to try for copd/emphasema. The first is daliresp, (roflumilast) a pill that will help increase your vital capacity of your lungs with increasing camp in the lungs. The second one is tudorza. It is a spiriva like medication that has a better delivery system. Both meds will help you. Go see your doc for free samples of them. ...Read more

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My heartbeat is irregularly fast and my lungs won't take a full breath of air. I'm also anxious and my vision is becoming increasingly blurry.

My heartbeat is irregularly fast and my lungs won't take a full breath of air. I'm also anxious and my vision is becoming increasingly blurry.

Anxiety symptoms: These may all be anxiety symptoms, and your doctor needs to be aware of them. I see that you're taking adderall, which can increase anxiety; the wellbutrin (bupropion) will not treat anxiety and can cause anxiety in some people also. Please contact your physician today about your symptoms, so that s/he can help you with them. ...Read more

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I always choke on my pills how can I tell if it went in my lungs or if its in my air way I swallowed it with no water and is a big pill anxious?

I always choke on my pills how can I tell if it went in my lungs or if its in my air way I swallowed it with no water and is a big pill anxious?

Swallowing: If anything gets in your airway other than air, it causes you to cough. Please take your pills with water -- makes them much easier to swallow that way. ...Read more