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Birds Affecting Lungs
Could dairy affect respiratory function in people with respiratory diseases like pulmonary fibrosis?
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
Yes and No: In the short term, yes, the airways become inflamed with asthma attacks, and this leads to overproduction of mucous as well. Typically people recover fully from an asthma attack. However, if asthma goes uncontrolled for years, the airways and lung tissue can eventually scar. Scar tissue, unlike normal tissue, does not function normally. Once scarring occurs, the effects are typically permanent. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Does bad air affect respiratory function in people with diseases like asthma or pulmonary fibrosis?
Yes: People with chronic respiratory diseases should avoid heavily polluted air. Air quality alerts are issued for areas when there is a high concentration of pollution. These are usually reported on the local weather reports. In some instances, poor air quality can even cause chronic lung disease. For more information on this, go to the american lung association website. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Unlikely: You have not mentioned if the cat litter has been used by the cat. It is unlikely as the histoplasmosis is more in keeping with areas where you live such as the midwest or OHio River valley. If the little has been used you might think about how the litter is handled and can get toxoplasmosis. ...Read more
Depends: This is a term that is not usually used for Tuberculosis of the lungs. It is either active TB or latent TB. They best way to determine if you are infectious is to get a sputum sample that your lab or provider can do an AFB stain and culture. There are also rapid molecular tests that can do this also. If your sputum is positive, you are infectious. ...Read more
Dead space in lung: Dead space is a term used to describe an area of the lung where gas exchange cannot occur - it does not mean dead lung tissue. Everyone has dead space and it is comprised mainly of your airways. It is measured as a percentage. Dead space is affected by many variables including the size of the breath we inhale. Dead space typically decreases as we exercise because we take bigger breaths. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Asthma is a chronic condition. Stress affects all chronic conditions adversely. Addressing stress, and especially one's response to stress, must be an integral part of treatment of any person with chronic disease. Remember: our emotions and our physical body are tightly connected and one affects the other. All treatment must be holistic, addressing all issues in the person. www.bookonhealing.com. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Do cilia function of moving mucus from the lungs and sinuses recover ? (i stopped smoking 1 year ago) what other agents paralyzes the cilia ?
Cilia: Cilia beat in a coordinated manner to move airway secretions such as mucus in the respiratory tract, sinuses and ear passages. There are several ways the cilia can be damaged, including exposure to cigarette smoke. Once smoking is stopped, the cilia may recover. Avoiding secondhand smoke is also important. Harsh chemicals when inhaled can potentially injure the cilia as well. ...Read more
Skin and bones!: Our skin and muscles offer protection to other internal organs! ...Read more
If high enough, yes: The EPA calculates AQI for five major air pollutants. Levels tell you how clean or polluted air is. Values >100 are unsafe for asthmatics, however higher levels can be harmful to everyone. Short term effects include cough and shortness of breath however daily, repeated exposure to polluted air can lead to long term health consequences like resp infections, heart disease, COPD, stroke, lung cancer ...Read more
Several: Aside from allergens such as pollen, dust and pet dander, chemicals such as smoke can cause dry eyes and blurred vision. Aerosolized cleaning products may be acidic or basic and if they get into the eyes, can cause irritation and blurred vision as well. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer