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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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I quit smoking for about 3 months now but I still clear/cough and I have brownish and black its thick.Is this something I should worry about or is my lungs doing what they need to do and this is normal ?

I quit smoking for about 3 months now but I still clear/cough and I have brownish and black its thick.Is this something I should worry about or is my lungs doing what they need to do and this is normal ?

A bit odd, but: If there are no other symptoms, you could give it a bit longer - but those colors do sound strange. Even many active smokers don't have that. An exam would help you not worry unnecessarily and get you a lot of congratulations for quitting. Doctors love to hear that! ...Read more

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I have had a cough and my lungs hurt! i was staying in a friends apartment that had black mold all over. Day/night quill is not helping wht to do?

I have had a cough and my lungs hurt! i was staying in a friends apartment that had black mold all over. Day/night quill is not helping wht to do?

Dayquil/Nyquil R not: For allergies. U apparently r allergic to mold & smoking makes u more susceptible to lung irritation by mold. (smoking inhibits lung's ability to flush mold or other foreign material from body). Antihistamines (zyrtec/claritin/ benadryl) may help. If problem worsens, see doc. Mold spores may have entered lungs & taken up residence. ...Read more

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My lungs are very sore and often cough up blood and black, ive smoked marijuan in bongs for three years aswell as cugarettes im 17. There so sore?

My lungs are very sore and often cough up blood and black, ive smoked marijuan in bongs for three years aswell as cugarettes im 17. There so sore?

Cough: Depending on the length of symptoms and whether associated with fever chills weightloss you will need to make sure you don't have pneumonia or some other lung infection. I would get to the doctor for a chest X-ray , lab work and possibly some antibiotics for starters ...Read more

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Dr found a lung nodule and i cough up little black specks of a tar like substance for the past 6 months.. have a cough but goes away with allergy pill?

Dr found a lung nodule and i cough up little black specks of a tar like substance for the past 6 months.. have a cough but goes away with allergy pill?

Have it worked up: I would imagine that the MD who ordered the CT is going to follow up with you regarding this find and coughing up black is not normal either. Have you been in area that has tuberculosis? Others symptoms. I advise you to make appointment with the doctor to ask some questions and have a follow up. ...Read more

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On 2nd day of 6 steroids for bronchitis. Zero lung tightness, just can't seem to cough up stuff. Was wondering if I can take Mucinex (guaifenesin) and would that help?

On 2nd day of 6 steroids for bronchitis. Zero lung tightness, just can't seem to cough up stuff.  Was wondering if I can take Mucinex (guaifenesin) and would that help?

Mucolytic: Many patients have trouble coughing up phlegm and mucolytics such as a gaufinesin (mucinex) are definitely a good option. Other patients experience relief from humidified air- best of luck. ...Read more

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I have a stuffed up nose sore throught can't speak in the morning cough mucus in lungs in morning. I'm miserable help i also have asthma?

I have a stuffed up nose sore throught can't speak in the morning cough mucus in lungs in morning. I'm miserable help i also have asthma?

Don't delay: Asthma is not a disease to take lightly or ignore. If night time symptoms occur more than twice a month or day symptoms more than twice a week, asthma is not controlled. There are many triggers that should be evaluated for and with nasal congestion, consideration to allergies and sinus issues is high. There are many excellent medications available to treat asthma and allergies. Relief is there. ...Read more

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What can help me cough up this thick phlegm stuff up out of my chest ?

What can help me cough up this thick phlegm stuff up out of my chest ?

Cough: Cough with thick phlegm can be treated with medications like guafenecine. But you really need to find out the cause of the cough before you start mucolytics. ...Read more

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Before 6 weeks I quit smoking and occasionally coughing black or brown phelgm.No chest pain.What it could be and how long cough last?

Before 6 weeks I quit smoking and occasionally coughing black or brown phelgm.No chest pain.What it could be and how long cough last?

Good sign: It is very common coughing after quitting smoking. Some people seem to cough more than usual. The cough is only temporary and might actually be a sign that your body is starting to heal and recover. Speed the process by using humidifier or vaporizer and drink plenty of fluids. Congratulations! ...Read more

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I have a cold on my chest i cough today and it yellow i with blood and black spot?

See MD: Many viral colds are also associated with bronchitis or coughing up sputum. Many viral bronchitis illnesses will resolve spontaneously even with no antibiotics in otherwise healthy individuals. Coughing up blood may be just due to the bronchitis but it is an indication to see an md to investigate the cause of the blood and black spots to rule out serous problems. ...Read more

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I am suffering from productive cough from past 2mnths it usually begns at night or in d morning wid black streaks in sputom.My chest xray is clear.

I am suffering from productive cough from past 2mnths it usually begns at night or in d morning wid black streaks in sputom.My chest xray is clear.

Cannot diagnose: You need to see a pulmonary specialist. Need more history and lung function studies. You may have problems with allergies, fungal exposure in your household and other problems of which you may not yet be aware. Go and get fully evaluated and hope this will be diagnosed and treated effectively soon. ...Read more

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I m suffering from severe attacks of productive cough from 6 months with black streaks in sputom. Chest xray is normal. Cough usually begins at night?

I m suffering from severe attacks of productive cough from 6 months with black streaks in sputom. Chest xray is normal. Cough usually begins at night?

Possibilities: I would be concerned about asthma and tuberculosis i. Your case. I would also want to know about your work and living circumstances to see if there are any exposures. Reflux could trigger cough at night. ...Read more

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I'm having shortness of breath/ tightening in my chest. My inhaler isn't working as much . I cough up mucus with black streaks. cough when can't breat?

I'm having shortness of breath/ tightening in my chest. My inhaler isn't working as much . I cough up mucus with black streaks. cough when can't breat?

Mgt: If your inhaler is not as effective in controlling the cough, your respiratory plan needs to be adjusted. The black streaks may be dried blood or tar. If you are smoking, avoid all smoke exposure, including second hand smoke. I would suggest a follow up with your PCP, and a follow up can be arranged online. healthtap.com/DosanjhMD Code: NCYHPZ ...Read more

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Cough (Definition)

The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more