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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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Will most lung infections just run its course, or is medicine necessary?

Will most lung infections just run its course, or is medicine necessary?

Depends: Infection can be from virus, bacteria, fungus, to name some. So viral infection usually will tun it's course, bacterial and fungal infections will need treatments provided by your doctor after pe and possible diagnostic testings. ...Read more

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Can work exposure to chemicals increase my susceptibility to lung infections?

Can work exposure to chemicals increase my susceptibility to lung infections?

Maybe: What chemicals? There could be more to worry about than infections if you are breathing in the wrong things. ...Read more

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Why is it that smokers get more lung infections?

Why is it that smokers get more lung infections?

It is poison to lung: Various elements in cigarette smoke damage the cells which line the air passages and the alveolar cells in the lungs where oxygen is absorbed. It especially damages the hair cells which have little cilia which push mucus and the crud we breathe in out of the lungs, so our lungs cannot clean themselves out. It also kills immune cells which help produce antibodies and kill the germs we are breathing. ...Read more

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Are most lung infections fatal?

Are most lung infections fatal?

No.: Many infections are viral and get better by themselves. Bacterial infections respond to antibiotics. There are drugs to treat fungal infections and tb. ...Read more

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Are lung infections commonly contagious?

Are lung infections commonly contagious?

Yes and No: Some lung infections or pneumonias such as viral, influenza and bacterial, tuberculosis are contageous from person to person. Other pneumonias such as aspiration pneumonia or ventilator associated pneumonias are not contageous. ...Read more

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Can alcohol contribute to lung infections?

Can alcohol contribute to lung infections?

Yes, indirectly: When people drink heavily, they will fall asleep, but if the sedation is severe enough, they will not be able to handle the secretions that build up in their mouths and may aspirate these, which is a cause of pneumonia. Alcohol also affects the immune system, and alcoholics get pneumonia sometimes with very strange germs, like klebsiella they also get more tuberculosis and mycobacterial infections. ...Read more

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Can fungus infections cause lung infections?

Can fungus infections cause lung infections?

Yes: Its not very common, but fungus can cause lung infections, its more common in people whose immune system is down "due to aids for example".. ...Read more

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Dr. Hirenkumar Italia
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more