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Birds Affecting Lungs
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
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
I have lived with parrots for six years. Would I have already had hypersensitivity pneumonitis symptoms if I am susceptible to bird fancier's lung?
Not necessarily: Some can develop symptoms after tolerating exposure for a time. ...Read more
I have an eclectus and african grey parrot. The dander and droppings aren't cleaned regularly. What is bird fancier's lung risk to me and new baby?
Possible: Bird fancier's lung disease can happen to folks who are around birds a lot. There's no real way to measure exposure, but cleaning the cage regularly and having good air flow through the room can decrease the risk. The baby should not be near the birds. Be on the watch for cough, getting short of breath, fever, fatigue. If you develop any siymptoms be sure to tell your doctor about the birds. ...Read more
I have a parrot I have had for 15 years, I came home from college and have been sneezing ever since to the pointy chest hurts. Could I be allergic to the bird now even though I wasn't before? What can I take to fix this. I literally sneeze at least 15 tim
Yes: You may have a sensitivity to the bird and this type of reaction is typical with re-exposure after prolonged non-exposure. Remove the bird to see if you improve. Recommend seeing an Allergist to better define risk and to determine if anything else in the environment may be contributing to your symptoms. Also chest discomfort may suggest underlying asthma or more severe bird sensitivity. ...Read more
My 91 yr old dad has fluid on lungs. He had a stroke affecting his swallowing. Wat happens if the fluid carries on goin on to his lungs?
Aspiration PNA: I have a different opinion. Stroke leading to dysphagia (difficulty swallowing) can cause accidental aspiration of one's own saliva & secretions, which can perpetuate fluid accumulation in the lungs. Along with acute treatment for aspiration pneumonitis, your father should get swallow rehab to prevent future aspiration. Good luck to him! ...Read more
Feels like I can't breath or I'm not breathing in enough air when I'm hot, or its hot, and i'll indoors, what could I have that is affecting my lungs?
Alpha 1a. Sorted it through this site, and ACE meds affecting lungs. My daughter 23 as had breathing/digest for 4 years, how can I help without scarring?
Go toMD: Go to a professional who can explain the whole thing about a1a deficiency. It is treatable and people can live a happy and productive life with treatment. They can tell her in a professional way what to expect, what to avoid, and yes to not smoke, and how to make the best of what she has. You can help by being supportive, the doctor can help you help her. Good luck, and I wish you and her the best. ...Read more
Can a local tumor in the lung spread to develop bone metases without affecting the rest of the lungs on xr?
Yes: Small/oat cell carcinoma of the lung can disseminate widely in the body while the primary lesion may be too small to be detectable. ...Read more
Is "mycobacterium tuberculosis " can cause kyphosis or scoliosis directly (without affecting the lungs)?!
Yes: It is possible to get tuberculosis of the spine which can cause significant damage and deformity. However, it usually has pain along with the infection. The TB germs may enter the body through the lungs but then be controlled there but circulate and cause their major damage outside the lungs sometime later. ...Read more
Might it be possible that a local tumor in the lung spread to develop bone metases without affecting the rest of the lungs?
Yes.: Some types of lung cancer, especially small cell lung cancer, can spread early and rapidly without growing a large initial mass in the lung. Spread to bone, the breasts, and the brain is most common. The method of spread is by cancer cells breaking away from the tumor and entering the bloodstream or lymphatic circulation; it does not grow into the bone by direct extension. ...Read more
Could a local tumor in the lung spread to develop bone metastasize without affecting the rest of the lungs?
Yes: It is possible for a lesion in the lungs to spread to the bones without affecting the rest of the lungs. ...Read more
What does my Hatial Hernia, lung vertibra not functioning properly, virus affecting my muscles, and sharp pains in my lower back and right side of abdomanen all jave in common? Been getting tests done, yet no outcome yet? Pains and tired constantly.
Diagnosis: You need to allow The physician who ordered the tests to take the results and along with your history, clinal and clinical findings come up with the correct diagnosis ...Read more
Best allergy medicine for post nasal drip that is affecting my asthma and breathing. Something I'm allergic to is killing my sinuses and lungs.
Rinse it.: A quick easy and natural way to unplug the nose is with a saline rinse (neti-pot, neilmed sinus irrigator). It is cheap and effective. Another way for quick relief is to use afrin/oxymetazoline. Be careful--over the counter nasal sprays for more than 3 days can be habit forming as your nose gets used to it and requires more to decongest. ...Read more
I am a woman and have unbalanced hormones- high DHEA levels. Could that be affecting the size of my chest? It keeps getting smaller.
Chest: Highly unlikely but please bring your concerns to your doctor. ...Read more
Recently I have chest pain and I remembered that my parents told me that I had a hole in the heart syndrome when I was a child, is it affecting me now?
Did you have any: Surgery while a child? 0.5-1.0% of live births have congenital heart disease and affect 0.4% of adults. If you have no symptoms now like shortness of breathing or chest pain with activities you are probably ok. I will probably get an 2d echocardiogram for better assessment. Possibly you had patent ductus arteriosus or patent foramen ovale that did not required surgery. ...Read more
I'm feeling very anxious and on edge and uneasy and I feel like it's affecting my everyday life. Sometimes it feels if I have to what feels heart palpitations or like flatter in my chest. Nothing specific brings on this feeling it just happens?
You may have Generalized Anxiety Disorder. You need to see your GP to check a few other things, including Thyroid functions. You may need medication and pscycologist help. Check this link https://adaa. Org/understanding-anxiety/generalized-anxiety-disorder-gad
http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/generalized-anxiety-disorder/basics/definition/con-20024562 ...Read more
I recently have stabbing chest pain and I remembered that my parents told me that I had hole in the heart syndrome, it is affecting me now?
Can untreated deviated septum cause constant mucus in chest? Is this post nasal drip? How is this treated? It's affecting my breathing substantially.
I have been diagnosed with myocardial bridge of lad after going to doctors suffering from shortness of breath chest pain and fatigue. I'm on beta blockers which have only helped a little. When is surgery the best option? It is seriously affecting my job I
Talk To The Experts: After medical treatment has failed (that is, your symptoms aren't improved well enough for you to have a decent quality of life and/or there are signs that something bad might happen at any time) then it's time to consider surgery to remove that little "bridge" of tissue. Sounds like you're not doing so well, so discuss this with your doctor (s). Taking action will minimize worry. Worry doesn't help ...Read more
Lungs: There are variations between humans, but on average the right lung weighs about 625 grams and the left lung weighs about 567 grams (it is smaller because of the heart). Weight variances are due to the amount of blood or fluid that is in the lung. Males have heavier lungs than females; weight proportionally to the weight of the rest of the body is 1:37 in males, and 1:42 in females. ...Read more
Yes but unlikely...: Cough as a result of the occasional cold virus is unlikely to cause any lung damage. Even the whooping cough in the unvaccinated is unlikely to cause lung damage per se (unless you're a newborn, in which case your risk of death in much greater). However, one could develop a pneumothorax as a result of coughing but it's unlikely unless underlying disease process. Check out http://goo. Gl/pqfybx. ...Read more