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Can keeping parrots cause farmer's lung? Not bird fancier's lung, but farmer's lung? I'm not a farmer, own parrots, tested positive for farmers lung!

Can keeping parrots cause farmer's lung? Not bird fancier's lung, but farmer's lung? I'm not a farmer, own parrots, tested positive for farmers lung!

Min. Exposure: Farmers lung refers to an immune reaction in which inhaled allergens such as spores form complexes and cause inflammation in the lung. This type of reaction may also occur with other proteins such as that associated with parrots. Since you already are being diagnosed and treated for lung inflammation, it is best to try to avoid high exposure to the parrot eg cleaning cages. ...Read more

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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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Can humans pet owners catch kennel cough?

Can humans pet owners catch kennel cough?

No: Kennel cough is a very contagious upper respiratory infection found in dogs & caused by canine parainfluenza virus & a bacteria called bordetella bronchispeptica. It is not transmitted to humans. ...Read more

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Does lung caviation with pneumonia mean its lung cancer?

Lung Cavity Causes: Not at all! differential DX of cavitation on chest x-ray: 1 caveating pneumonia: s aureus, gram-negative bacilli (klebsiella, pseudomonas, legionella), anaerobes, mycobacteria, fungi, pneumocystis. 2 septic emboli, bacterial or fungal. 3 wegener's granulomatosis or pulmonary infarction 4 infected bullae or cysts. 5 cancer: primary or secondary. Clearly, your doctor will help sort these out. ...Read more

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How come non-small lung cancer not called large cell lung cancer?

How come non-small lung cancer not called large cell lung cancer?

Sub type: Large cell lung cancer is actually a subset of non small cell lung cancer, which behaves much more like small cell cancer than like other forms of non small cell cancer. I am sorry that the terminology is so confusing. , . ...Read more

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Does human bone dust spread disease when inhaled?

Sometimes: If the dust contains infectious organisms or any other disease that is communicable. ...Read more

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What causes lung disease in urban dwellers?

What causes lung disease in urban dwellers?

2ndhand smoke, etc.: The chief cause of lung cancer is long-term exposure to tobacco smoke. Nonsmoker cases are from a combination of genetic factors, radon gas, asbestos, and air pollution including secondhand smoke. Asbestos can also cause mesothelioma, a cancer of the pleura or lining on the surface of the lung and diaphragm. So a combo. Of pollution, smoking and other factors likely causes urban lung disease. ...Read more

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We have discovered a major infestation of fluke worms, bird mites (D. Gallinae), & spider mites in our home, our pet, and our bodies. What can we do?

We have discovered a major infestation of fluke worms, bird mites (D. Gallinae), & spider mites in our home, our pet, and our bodies. What can we do?

Bird mites: I would ask your Dr. there and your vet. So who has the flukes? I you then see your Dr. soon. Which kind of flukes. Tell both your Dr and your vet and ask their advice. ...Read more

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Is non-small lung cancer fatal?

Is non-small lung cancer fatal?

Depends on stage: The long term prognosis of lung cancer depends on the stage of the cancer. The stage (1-4) depends on the size of the tumor and whether it has spread outside of the lung to lymph nodes, the lining of the chest wall (pleura) or other organs (liver, brain, etc). Some of this information may be determined by x ray test (ct scan, pet scan) and some may require biopsies to determine. ...Read more

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How would somebody die from lung cancer caused by secondhand smoking?

How would somebody die from lung cancer caused by secondhand smoking?

Same: Once the cancer is established they die just like those with no smoking history, with primary smoking history, or second hand. Second hand smoke is still very irritating to many if not all persons lung tissue and the lung cells transform and become malignant and grow and spread causing death from suffocation, brain or other metastasis! ...Read more

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Are lung infiltrates common with pneumonia. Does that mean lung cancet?

Are lung infiltrates common with pneumonia.   Does that mean lung  cancet?

No: No, it does not mean lung cancer. Infiltrate is a consolidation and inflammation of infected tissue. Should get resolved with treatment. ...Read more

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Can people survive non small cell lung cancer?

Can people survive non small cell lung cancer?

Yes,depends stage: Stage 1 nsclc; surgical resection, appr70%5yrsurv stage2nsclc;surgery apprx. 30-35% 5 yr survival. ...Read more

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Impossible.Paraseptal emphysema no smoke or wood stoves, fumes.Had no issue with lungs before h1n1. Ct scan clear in december 2008. H1n1 jab 11/24/2009?

Impossible.Paraseptal emphysema no smoke or wood stoves, fumes.Had no issue with lungs before h1n1. Ct scan clear in december 2008. H1n1 jab 11/24/2009?

Not uncommon: To get changes of mild emphysema on ct as we age even in the absence of smoking. If you have no pulmonary symptoms of emphysema then i would not worry about the findings. If you do then lung function is best evaluated by a pulmonologist. ...Read more

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Are small nodes seen on lungs thru chest CT scan suggesting lung cancer or something else?

Are small nodes seen on lungs thru chest CT scan suggesting lung cancer or something else?

Not necessary: Are you referring as small lymph nodes or small nodules on the lung? There are other conditions beside cancer that can be presented with small nodes - including infections, inflammation, autoimmune process, etc. So, a good history, examination, blood work and serial imaging would be necessary to be done. Discuss with your md in detail. ...Read more

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Is the avian bird flu a foodborne illness via chickens?

Is the avian bird flu a foodborne illness via chickens?

Not really: Bird flu is transmitted after contact with infected surfaces - so, if one has contact with infected surfaces then bird flu can be contracted. Having said that - bird flu is exceedingly rare (and hasn't been documented in the western hemisphere at all) and thus you are much more likely to get salmonella or campylobacter (usually causing food poisoning/diarrhea) from uncooked chicken more than flu. ...Read more

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Mayo defines instertitial markings a lung disease caused ie (asbestos, silica dust, grain dust?) are dependent instertitial different if syptm same?

Mayo defines instertitial markings a lung disease caused ie (asbestos, silica dust, grain dust?) are dependent instertitial different if syptm same?

Just a description: "Interstitial markings" are a descriptive term that radiologists and lung specialists use to describe specific markings in the lungs on chest xrays or CT scans. Many different types of diseases in the lungs cause "interstitial markings." The way to find out which disease it is usually requires a biopsy of some sort. The symptoms are usually cough and shortness of breath. ...Read more

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Chest xray: hyperinflation of lung fields with relative peripheral oligaemic lung fields.Features in keeping with emphysematous change. Pls explain?

Chest xray: hyperinflation of lung fields with relative peripheral oligaemic lung fields.Features in keeping with emphysematous change. Pls explain?

COPD?: The changes described are those of air trapping seen in conditions like asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (emphysema). You have provided no health history. General advice would be not to smoke. Discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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Does Ayurvedic medicine helps in Small cell lung cancer .??

Does Ayurvedic medicine helps in Small cell lung cancer .??

Adjunct only: Small cell carcinoma is rapidly lethal if untreated by often stays away for a long time with even mild chemotherapy. There are even talks of cures. The ayurvedic medicines or the relationship with the practitioner may be the magic that makes you more comfortable, but it won't touch the cancer itself. ...Read more

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Could a lung xray identify most lung diseases?

Good but not perfect: A properly taken xray can reveal a great deal about many lung disorders, but not all. Present technology allows us to increase and decrease magnification, contrast and see more than we did years ago, but there are limits.Some disorders produce obvious changes on xray, while other do not. ...Read more