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Ammonia Lung Infection
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
Usually antibiotics: Most lung infections that are causes by bacteria and fungi are treated with antibiotics. Viral pneumonias may require speciific antiviral medications. If severe. Sometimes patients have to be hospitalized depending on patient's age and severity of process. Supplemental respiratory therapy and oxygen may be necessary. If pleural effusion accompanies infection may be removed by chest tube or thoroscopy. ...Read more
Probably not: There is no evidence of a direct link between lung infection and cancer. Chronic inflammation (eg. Emphysema and, to a lesser degree, chronic bronchitis) confers a risk of lung cancer. There is a weak link between a history of pneumonia and a 15-20% higher risk of lung cancer, but compare that to 40 years of smoking, which increases the chance of cancer by 2500%. Its all relative. ...Read more
More common: Severe asthma reduces clearance of mucous and microoganisms (viruses & bacteria) from the lung. Long-standing severe asthma may lead to structural changes in the airway that compromise mucous clearance even more. Poor clearance of mucous & microorganisms from the breathing tubes is a clear risk factor for bronchitis and pneumonia. In children the leading risk factor for pneumonia is asthma. ...Read more
Many: Fungi like candida, blastomyces, coccidioidomycoses or paracocci can all cause infiltrates or processes that look like masses. Tb itself can cause a mass-like effect of tuberculoma and even pneumonia can cause mass like infiltrates and a scar later that involutes to look like a mass. Parasites do too. So we have to rely on symptoms, risks and the work up to make diagnoses. ...Read more
D-dimer: This is a fibrin degradation product, a small protein fragment present in the blood after a blood clot is dissolved by fibrinolysis. It is named because it contains two crosslinked d fragments of the fibrin protein. It can be elevated in any condition in which there is inflammation of the lining of the blood vessels, resulting in clotting and dissolution of the clots. Used to measure risk of pe. ...Read more
Your telephone: Use it to call your doctor, and make an apointment to see them. Only in person can your doctor really determine whether it is likely to be a bacterial infection, reassure you if its not, and give you antibiotics if (and only if) they feel you need them. ...Read more
Blood pressure: Is a little high, but not dangerously so, especially in light of critical illness. ...Read more
Please tell me how long it takes for to develop a lung infection after accidentally smoking moldy weed?
Hard to say: I am not an expert in this area, . ..But I suspect a lot of weed has some mold in it....And if not smoked regularly no infection may develop. Of course avoidance is best. If you start to have a cough, fever etc, go see your dr. And be honest...They will keep your information private. ...Read more
Hi doctors, can you tell me what is primary lung infection with slight regression hyperaerated lung fields?
Probably....: A primary lung infection usually refers to pneumonia. Hyper aerated lung fields usually means there is airway obstruction present which results in the inability to expire air completely out of the lungs. And, "slight regression" needs more info to explain, as in a slight regression of what? If the infection is regressing, it means it is improving. ...Read more
I fainted and was hospitalized for 1mth because I had a fever for 2 1/2wk & had lung infection did a series of test that resulted normal what's wrong?
Ask your doctor: To explain it to you. If you were in the hospital for a month obviously something was wrong. You would have had a complicated case and your doctor has the most information to give you the best answer. ...Read more
Pneumonia is a common terminal event. If you have cough and fever, see your doctor for an evaluation. Most lung infections are readily treatable and a 27 year-old should not die from it.
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Practice safe sex. ...Read more
Infections treatable: Lung infections often involved changes in your breathing. Infections like pneumonia may cause fever, shortness of breath, cough, tiredness, decreased appetite. Antibiotics often required. If immune system is weak and/or infection severe ad untreated, lung infections, could lead to death, but most cases of pneumonia are treatable and can be "cured". ...Read more
Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more