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Can you cough up pieces of your lungs if your a smoker?

Can you cough up pieces of your lungs if your a smoker?

Smoking: You can cough up debris from the smoke including tar. Stop smoking. It can kill you. ...Read more

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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Could you cough up a piece of your lung?

Could you cough up a piece of your lung?

No: You might cough up any number of unusual things that look or feel like lung tissue or have the form of bronchial tubes. These are normally dried up or hardened mucus, sometimes coagulated blood, occasionally purulent (pus) material. ...Read more

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I am suffering and have been for months with excessive mucus in my lungs that i can cough up. What can I do to treat this?

I am suffering and have been for months with excessive mucus in my lungs that i can cough up. What can I do to treat this?

Need diagnosis....: Your symptoms are likely due to airway inflammation but this can have several etiologies. Possible diagnoses include asthma, acute bronchitis due to infection (less likely if symptoms persist for months), chronic bronchitis, a form of COPD usually due to smoking. You need to see your doctor for diagnosis as they all have different therapies. If you smoke, you need to quit asap. ...Read more

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If i cough up mucus could it be coming from my lungs?

If i cough up mucus could it be coming from my lungs?

Yes: But it could also come from sinus, nasal passage, pharynx, bronchus and lungs. Color of mucous important, how much, what cough sounds like, hx of lung disease, meds you are on. ...Read more

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Every so often i cough up somethimg from my lung its a small jelly blob clear.the size of a pea. what r they? it just comes flying out in in 1 cough

Every so often i cough up somethimg from my lung its a small jelly blob clear.the size of a pea. what r they? it just comes flying out in in 1 cough

Mucous: most likely. BUT worth having evaluation. Smoker? Environmental issues? Animals, asbestos, dust mold etc. If prior pneumonia or lung issues, then bronchiectasis is possible. There are also some lung inflammations that cause more sputum ...Read more

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A friend had a spi 4yrs ago. He was cough up blood. The dr says apart of his lung is dead. What does this mean and what can be done to fix this?

A friend had a spi 4yrs ago. He was cough up blood. The dr says apart of his lung is dead. What does this mean and what can be done to fix this?

Cough: Not sure what spi is but sounds like your friend has smoking related lung disease. The dead lung reference may be due to the physician seeing an area where there is emphysema on an x-ray or bases in results of pulmonary function test. If your friend is seeing blood from nose/ mouth, then he/she should be seen by a doctor. Could be a sign of something benign or something malignant. ...Read more

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Lung congestion and hard to cough up mucus.

Lung congestion and hard to cough up mucus.

Go to the Doctor: This sounds like the perfect definition of when one goes to see their doctor. ...Read more

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Please advise if it's normal to cough up staples from lung surgery 3 yrs later?

Please advise if it's normal to cough up staples from lung surgery 3 yrs later?

Not normal: While this may not represent a major problem, it would not be considered "normal". A follow up with the thoracic surgeon would be advised. Surgical staples used to remove part of a lung could migrate and be coughed up, but evaluation by the surgeon would be best to make sure this doesn't represent a more serious problem. ...Read more

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Cough (Definition)

Coughing is an important way to keep your throat and airways clear. However, excessive coughing may mean you have an underlying disease or disorder. Some coughs are dry, while others are considered productive. A productive cough is one ...Read more