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Black Lung Diesies Kill You
Allergy consult: The toxic effects from "black mold" exposure are often exaggerated. A certain percentage of people exposed to it may develop asthma, hay fever, fungal sinusitis, allergic conjunctivitis etc. A pneumonia type of problem may develop at times & may lead to permanent lung damage. The treatment is moving out & not returning until the problem has been fixed. If problem continues, see an allergist. ...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
Do people with lung damage from asthma/repeated bronchitis ever need lung transplants? If so, are they cured of asthma? How bad can lung damage get?
Can you get lung cancer from inhaling mold and how much time you need inhale to get cancer. I'm 21 years old.
Smoked like 20-30 cigarettes with mold?
Yes: Depending on the type of mold and the amount that was inhaled and the time period, it can be dangerous and toxic, potentially triggering lung cancer. If you develop respiratory symptoms, see your MD. You can get various tests to evaluate for lung disease including CXR, Pulmonary function tests, pulse oximetry, etc, to evaluate different aspects of lung disease. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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I'm scared that if I accidentally breathe dust, I'll get balamuthia mandrillaris. What are the risks?
Very rare, no worry: This is an extremely rare parasitic infection, only 70 known cases in the US in almost 30 years. You breathe dust all the time; we all do and it is unavoidable. This is not something for you to be at all worried about. For scientifically accurate information about it, see the CDC website: http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/balamuthia/ Best wishes and happy new year! ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Lungs: Better option is to be evaluated by a pulmonologist. Ask your pcp for referral. ...Read more
Yes: White blood cells will die if exposed to air. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more
I am allergic to cigarette smoke. I sometimes pass by smokers who exhale cigarette smoke & inhale this smoke. Can this inhalation cause lung cancer?
Do people get asbestos related disease from asbestos in the home? Like popcorn ceilings.Or do only workers exposed to extremely high amounts get sick?
Asbestos disease: The popcorn ceilings are not asbestos.Asbestos was used for insulation, mostly in factories and ships. Pts that end up with diseases related to exposure have worked very closely with it. Most have also smoked so the lung cancer could be from the TOB as well. Mesothelioma is directly linked to asbestos...sometimes you can even find the fibers in the cancer specimen. ...Read more
People smoke nutmeg?: Boy, i'm such a small town square... I have no idea what is mixed in that or if its pure but my gut answer is: neither god nor evolution (your pick) made lungs as receptacles for burnt or burning particles. I would assume any inhaled combusting substance has a myriad of toxins that will damage the lung short or long term. Don't smoke nutmeg or for that matter parsley, sage, rosemary, or thyme. ...Read more
No good screen: Forgive me if i sound jaded, but this is reality. Money drives even good causes. There's no good way to screen for pancreatic cancer that makes money for any medical technology. The expensive "breast cancer awareness" campaigns appears to me to be paid for mostly by the mammogram machine industry. It's okay with me since it helps de-stigmatize and de-magic the illness for ordinary folks. ...Read more
Stigma attached to cancer is that it's a sure death sentence. Do more people die than survive from cancer? Does cancer = death?
2/3 cured: When i was a kid, 2 out of 6 cancers were cured. This doesn't count trivial skin cancers. In my med school days it was 3 out of 6. Now it's 4 out of six. This is mostly about earlier detection and the drop in the less-curable lung cancer from less smoking. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Very sad.: Usually an overwhelming pneumonia. The person becomes very short of breath. Usually bed ridden, pneumonia and respiratory failure. Other patients may have a brain metastasis that bleeds or grows too much, other times it spreads to the spine, the liver. If the liver metastasis grow liver failure may occur. Sometimes tumor grows to esophagus obstructs and aspiration. Pulmonary emboli, heart attack. ...Read more