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Doctor insights on: Dangers Of Thick Secretions In The Lungs

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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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My daughter is 5 yrs old & has a very bad chest infection i just want to ask if she can use saline nebs to loosen thick secretions in her lungs?

My daughter is 5 yrs old & has a very bad chest infection i just want to ask if she can use saline nebs to loosen thick secretions in her lungs?

Bronchosaline: This is sold in may pharmacies over the counter in a big canister capable of delivering treatment size doses . It is commonly uses to dilute concentrated asthma medications but can be used to help loosen the mucous in the lungs & let it be coughed up. Make sure you keep your tubing clean between uses as the moisture can attract mold. I occasionally recommend it's use. ...Read more

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Hello, My relative had a emgncy Trach 3 years ago,. but has a lot of Excessive or thick secretions, he coughs up, on abuterol every 6, what reduce sec?

Hello, My relative had a emgncy Trach 3 years ago,. but has a lot of Excessive or thick secretions, he coughs up, on abuterol every 6, what reduce sec?

Secretions: He probably has chronic bronchitis and if the secretions are discolored, a course of antibiotics may help reduce or clear up his profuse secretions. It is important that the secretions remain loose as he must raise them in order to avoid serious lung infections. Inhalers containing corticosteroids will reduce some of the secretions. Smoking and other pollution must be avoided. He needs follow-up. ...Read more

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Why is common sawdust dangerous for the lungs?

Why is common sawdust dangerous for the lungs?

Particulate: particles in it could have mold, fungi & other components but by itself can cause allergic reactions in certain persons ...Read more

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Coughing always with thick mucous and the lungs stiff?

Coughing  always with thick mucous and the lungs stiff?

Lots of possibilitie: Asthma comes to mind, but many other possibilities. A doc needs to listen to your heart and lungs and consider chest x-ray and lung function tests. ...Read more

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Is there any danger of getting gatorade in your lungs jusy got a small mouthful into my lungs?

Is there any danger of getting gatorade in your lungs jusy got a small mouthful into my lungs?

Any liquid: Accidentally inhaled usually generates a vigorpus cough response. Aspiration of an irritant can cause a chemical "pneumonia". Gator-ade is a near physiologic solution of water and electrolytes (salts, sugar), with flavoring and color. Nothing special here forminor inhalation. ...Read more

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If there was a dangerous amount of water in my lungs, I would be constantly coughing wouldn't I?

If there was a dangerous amount of water in my lungs, I would be constantly coughing wouldn't I?

Yes: Otherwise normal 18 year old lungs would respond to excess fluid by symptoms of coughing and shortness of breath. ...Read more

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If 30% lungs are working and 70% ve been damged ... It could be recovered.....? Is it dangerous ? If yes then how much ?

If 30% lungs are working and 70% ve been damged ... It could be recovered.....? Is it dangerous  ? If yes then how much ?

To complex: It sounds like pulmonary function test show 30% of normal lung function. It is an oversimplification to say that 70% of your long is not working well 30% is. More importantly, the answer to your question would be easier to address if you were sitting in the office and we could get the rest of your medical history. The cause of loss of lung function is at least as important as the degree of loss. ...Read more

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Unable to clear mucus from lungs . When i rarely am able to eject- the mucus is almost identical to rubber cement - clear and very thick.

Unable to clear mucus from lungs . When i rarely am able to eject- the mucus is almost identical to rubber cement - clear and very thick.

See doctor : Need to be seen by pulmonologist or primary doctor for exam and testing including chest x ray, sputum culture, etc. Could be anything from asthma, copd, bronchitis, fungal infection etc. ...Read more

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Is lung capacity at 53% dangerous?

Is lung capacity at 53% dangerous?

Need to find out why: During a pulmonary function test, there are typically three measurements taken. First, how well the air "moves" in and out of the lungs. Copd, asthma, bronchitis, etc are things that would cause it to drop. Second, the efficiency of oxygen transfer is measured, the diffusion. Last, the lung sizes are measured. Again, which value is down and why its down is the most important thing to find. ...Read more

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At dinner i accidentally inhaled a little baked potato. I'm not sure if i coughed it all out. What are dangers or worriesif there is some in lungs?

At dinner i accidentally inhaled a little baked potato. I'm not sure if i coughed it all out. What are dangers or worriesif there is some in lungs?

Good cough helps: If you were able to produce a good cough you probably got it all out. Inhaling food can lead to what is called aspiration pneumonia and/or a chemical reaction in the lung if you are concerned and/or having symptoms (fever, foul smelling cough and phlegm production) you might do well to seek immediate medical attention from a physician who can perform a chest x-ray and do a physical exam. ...Read more

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I was recently in a huge car accident my car flipped 6 times over the median on the interstate and my lungs collapsed isit dangerous to smoke marijana?

I was recently in a huge car accident my car flipped 6 times over the median on the interstate and my lungs collapsed isit dangerous to smoke marijana?

Yes, it could be: It is usual for people who are smoking marijuana to take very deep breaths and then to hold that breath for a period of time to increase the absorption of the drug. This maneuver increases pressure in the lungs, and if you have already had a pneumothorax, will expose you to the risk of it recurring. Were you smoking weed when you had the accident? If so, you have a problem with weed and need help. ...Read more

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How dangerous are blood clots in the lungs?

How dangerous are blood clots in the lungs?

Very dangerous: However, if it is small and goes to a small part of he lung, it can be minimal. Many have had a pe and never known it. Hhowever, a clot going to the central vessels of the lung can kill a person instantly. ...Read more

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What might cause a punctured lung in danger of collapse?

What might cause a punctured lung in danger of collapse?

-- pleural pressure: Negative pleural pressure, and puncture in the lung causes air to leaks into plural space resulting pneumothorax or air in plural space, then collapse of lung, even moving contents to other side of chest causing dangerous, tension pneumothorax. ...Read more

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How do you get strep in the lungs , is it dangerous and is it contagious?

How do you get strep in the lungs , is it dangerous and is it contagious?

Spread : From a throat or other upper respiratory infection into the lungs . Also can be spread by contact with other infected individuals. ...Read more

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Can leaving hypersensitivity pneumonitis untreated for 2 years be potentially dangerous for the lungs? If so, how?

Can leaving hypersensitivity pneumonitis untreated for 2 years be potentially dangerous for the lungs? If so, how?

HRCT: There are stages of progression of hypersensitivity pneumonitis. It is difficult to predict the course, but a follow up HRCT of the lungs provides information about the degree of involvement and scarring in the lung.
Steroids are used to treat the disease, and I would also advise that you have a bronchial washing as well. ...Read more

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Put a lot of black pepper on food. Took a bite and started coughing, thinking i inhaled some of the pepper? Is this dangerous? Will it affect my lungs

Put a lot of black pepper on food. Took a bite and started coughing, thinking i inhaled some of the pepper? Is this dangerous? Will it affect my lungs

Cough reflex.: Sounds like your protective cough mechanism kicked in, which is geared to protect the lungs from insults such as this. Chances are your lungs are just fine. Not uncommon with pepper, though. ...Read more

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I have a severe deep and constant cough causing mucus what could this be? Its a constant cough feeling as if its coming straight from the lungs and theres thick mucus everytime...Ive had it for about a week now. What is it?

I have a severe deep and constant cough causing mucus what could this be? Its a constant cough feeling as if its coming straight from the lungs and theres thick mucus everytime...Ive had it for about a week now. What is it?

It : It isn't possible to diagnose your condition via this format. It could be a viral respiratory infection, pneumonia, bronchitis. A bacterial infection. Since it has been going on for a week without improvement, it is probably time to get it seen. In the mean time hydrate well and consider use of an over the counter mucolytic medication. ...Read more

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What dangers will having a collapsed lung expose?

What dangers will having  a collapsed lung expose?

Depends on: Location and degree. If it is severe, it can progress to pneumonia and scar formation, precluding full expansion in the future. Treatment is different for pneumothorax and atelectasis, so it is best to consult a doctor. ...Read more

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Can the pressure of 42,57 mmhg in the lung be dangerous for me? (RVSP)

Can the pressure of 42,57 mmhg in the lung be dangerous for me? (RVSP)

PA pressure: If this is the blood pressure in your pulmonary blood vessels, its on the high side, indicative of ARDS with pulmonary hypertension, which can be bad for you. Suggest pulmonary function testing to explore this and get more answers ...Read more

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How dangerous is a blood clot in the lungs?

Pulmonary embolism: Blood clot in the lungs are known as pulmonary embolism. They can be very dangerous and even cause death depending on the size and location of the blood clot. ...Read more

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How dangerous is it to develop a blood clot in the lungs?

How dangerous is it to develop a blood clot in the lungs?

Size of clot: Small clots travelling into your lungs are often symptom free. Huge clots aka saddle emboli can be lethal in minutes. Clot prevention is a big part of all hospital stays and surgical procedures. Pulmonary embolisms are treated agressively and successfully in most cases. ...Read more

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How dangerous is a blood clot in the lungs to your health?

How dangerous is a blood clot in the lungs to your health?

Seriously dangerous: Blood clots to the lungs are major killers. But if they have been diagnosed and treated properly, odds of recovery are very good. ...Read more

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What are the risks of a bronchoscopy? Is there a danger my lung can get punctured?

What are the risks of a bronchoscopy? Is there a danger my lung can get punctured?

Yes: your lung can be punctured, especially if biopsies are taken. Other risks would include bleeding and your oxygen dropping. ...Read more

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Adenocarcinoma in right lungs What is treatment Is this dangerous Its is curable or not ?

Adenocarcinoma in right lungs 
What is treatment 
Is this dangerous
Its is curable or not    ?

See doctor: Adenocarcinoma is one of the most common forms of lung cancer and should be taken very seriously. Treatment many times involves surgery, but speak with your doctor about this. Only when knowing the size, stage, location, etc. of the tumor can one give you a reliable recommendation on treatment options. ...Read more