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Could You Cough Up A Piece Of Your Lung
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
What to do when you get a chest xray and it shows a minimal lung base collapse?What should ur doc do to you in a case like this
chest X-ray on 3/10/13
Depends on the : Reason for the cxr to begin with. If you were recently sick with pneumonia, it could just be left over changes, and you can repeat cxr in 3 months to double check. If there is suspicion for cancer (very unlikely in a 17 year old!), then get a ct to evaluate further. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If there is wheezing from the lungs, can a doctor hear it with a stethoscope regardless if you are exhaling from your nose or your mouth?
Yes: Yes, because the narrowing of the airway occurs in an area lower than both the mouth or the nose. It is right where the lungs are, and that is where the doctor would put the stethoscope to hear it. ...Read more
Mom has a small spot on the outside of the rib cage. She has a sinus or allergy infection and did cough up some blood they want to do a broncoscope.?
Absolutely: Yes, coughing , particularly of it is prolonged and/or particularly severe can cause muscular injury. If it does not get better soon, consider being seen. ...Read more
If a piece of plastic was blended up in the blender could it scratch your esophagus leading to mucus development/ heartburn like sensation?
If swallowed: If swallowed yes. It could cause esophageal tears too. If you are having symptoms then go to the ed or see your physician. ...Read more
Needs Immobilization: It depends on where the piece is, the amount of blood supply to help heal it, and how stable or immobile the piece is. At times, a small fracture fragment may not heal bone to bone but merely attach by scar tissue which may work as well. An example is the very tip of the thumb. When involving part of a joint, healing becomes more critical, requiring proper immobilization by cast or surgery. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it possible to have an asthma attack only in the left lung? If not what could be the reason for wheezing and coughing up phlegm in 1 lung? Thanks
No: You could have more mucus on one side producing more sounds. Pneumonia could affect one side only. Occasionally, you could have aspirated something into one lung causing more problems there. Fungal problems can occur in asthma and could be localized to one side. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What would be the symptoms (aside from labored breathing) of a punctured lung and how could you detect it?
Cough: Sometimes forceful coughing can cause superficial blood vessels to rupture. Some infections are really irritating to the airway and leave it more susceptible to bleeding from the inflammation. In general, the cough and bloody expectorant should resolved or be resolving within a week of the infectious symptoms resolving. If you are concerned or symptoms don't resolve, see your doctor! ...Read more
Smoking: I can usually detect someone is smoking just by the smell of their clothes, looking at their fingers, and sometimes by other features. If someone smoke better to be honest with their physician and they should expect compassionate recommendations on considering stopping smoking and potential strategies to help them do so. Stopping smoking can be very difficult. ...Read more
Maybe: What vaccine and when did you get it? ...Read more
What can cause a lump feeling in the throat that you cannot cough up but feels like you need to burp and can't?
Drainage, inflamed: This sensation is often caused by sinus drainage that causes inflammation in the back of the throat. This can cause a sensation of "fullness" in the back of the throat. Another thing that can cause this is reflux (acid, heartburn). Try an antihistamine (zyrtec, allegra, etc) and some saline nasal spray for a few days. If reflux is possible, add a Pepcid - if that doesn't help, see your doctor. ...Read more
Post nasal drip: You might have chronic sinus infections causing excessive secretions which can be accidentally aspirated into your airway. ...Read more
Is a loose cough enough or do you need to spit out the flem to rid our lungs of fluid? I can't get the flem out.
Clearing: Your lungs is good, expectorating perhaps best, but what you don't you swallow. Thick, tenacious mucus can clog and cling to bronchi, and ultimately if successful, block them leading to pneumonia or lobar collapse. Expectorants help liquefy and loosen. Vigorous cooughing can hurt and even fracture your ribs. But, better than pneumomia. ...Read more
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
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