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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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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