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Can dry air cause a lung to collapse?

Can dry air cause a lung to collapse?

Not likely: Non-trauma, spontaneous pneumothorax occur as a result of an abnormality in the lung tissue. Risk factors for primary and secondary spontaneous pneumothorax (sp) include: smoking (including marijuana), tall thin stature in otherwise healthy, connective tissue disorders, pregnancy, familial history. Dry air is not generally a risk factor. ...Read more

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 feel like when I take a deep breath my lungs are dry (best way I can think to describe it) What could this be?

I feel like when I take a deep breath my lungs are dry (best way I can think to describe it) What could this be?

Lungs not dry: As an isolated symptom, it's not likely to be any lung disease. Your lungs are certainly not dry. You can reassure yourself of this by exhaling on a mirror. Notice the vapor clouding the mirror. No matter how much you do that, the vapor keeps coming, because your lungs are never dry. ...Read more

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Can smoking herbs/dried flowers damage your lungs and body?

Yes: Inhaling any kind of smoke will be damaging to your lungs. They are meant to inhale fresh air, not smoke. I guess it depends on how often you do it, and how much you inhale, how much damage you will do. ...Read more

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Dry cough from lungs at night waking me up?

Dry cough from lungs at night waking me up?

See doctor...: Possibilities include bronchospasm from any cause, gerd, post-nasal drip or even a combination of factors. Once the etiology of your cough is identified, it can be treated since each of these has a different treatment. So, see your doctor asap. ...Read more

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I have a dry cough coming from my lungs for a week now. I don't have mucus or any other symptoms. I took delsum but that isn't working. Please help.?

I have a dry cough coming from my lungs for a week now. I don't have mucus or any other symptoms. I took delsum but that isn't working. Please help.?

Could be allergies: Depending on any other symptoms, could be allergies. You might try over-the-counter Flonase and/or Zyrtec (cetirizine). If it does not improve, you should be evaluated by a physician. ...Read more

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I have pain in my left lungs? Not to much, its a dry cough, and I feel breathlessness, what is this?

I have pain in my left lungs? Not to much, its a dry cough, and I feel breathlessness, what is this?

You need: To be evaluated for variou sconditions. Have you had a chest xray? You may need gto seee a pulmonologist and even lung functiin tests and ct of your chest if history and physical and chest x-ray do not yield an answer. ...Read more

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How is dry cough? I have an itchy feeling in my breathing pipe near my lungs and it forced me to cough 5 or 6 times a day, should I worry?

How is dry cough? I have an itchy feeling in my breathing pipe near my lungs and it forced me to cough 5 or 6 times a day, should I worry?

Maybe: Cough is a reflex mechanism that aids your immune system to get rid of any possible "pathogens" that can affect your immune system. Most coughing stops after 7-14 days. If it persists you need to get evaluated. If you are very worried then make an appointment sooner. Good luck. Most common causes include asthma, reflux, allergies, postnasal drip and medications. ...Read more

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I have some tingling feeling in the chest by my lung area. I cough very dry coughs. Have been to GPs but they say all is fine. Must I be worried?

I have some tingling feeling in the chest by my lung area. I cough very dry coughs. Have been to GPs but they say all is fine. Must I be worried?

Chest tingling cough: Have you been evaluated for asthma, as that can present with dry cough. Was a xray done to check for mass? Consider costochondritis just inflammation of the rib joint but that is usually not associated with cough, could be mycoplasma infection responds to antibiotics, could be reflux responds to prevacid /ranitidine (if not allergic), rarely cardiac (check echo) f/u/ w/ doc ...Read more

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My 3 week old choked/strangled on vit D drops. If it got into her lungs, what will happen? Could it cause something like pneumonia or dry drowning?

My 3 week old choked/strangled on vit D drops. If it got into her lungs, what will happen? Could it cause something like pneumonia or dry drowning?

Not really: It's unlikely that you will notice any sequelae from this little event. The reason we cough and "choke" - it's our body's way of protecting itself and trying to keep stuff out of the lungs. Even with this protection sometimes, rarely stuff will get by, but most of the time actually nothing ever occurs. The tiny amount of medicine given for infant Vit D drops is inconsequential. Relax. It's okay. ...Read more

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Did I damage my lungs? I accidentally had a one time exposure to drywall dust. My boss and a coworker were laying down dry wall and I inhaled some acc

Did I damage my lungs? I accidentally had a one time exposure to drywall dust. My boss and a coworker were laying down dry wall and I inhaled some acc

No: Across the country, every day, thousands of people working with drywall get a whiff of drywall dust. It's hard to keep a mask on every time all the time. Luckily, one whiff of sheetrock dust won't do you in (unless you're the unluckiest person in the county). No worries. ...Read more

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Having bad back pain. Feels like something squeezing my lungs and a dry cough. Could this be a PE?

Having bad back pain. Feels like something squeezing my lungs and a dry cough. Could this be a PE?

Potentially: There are many potential causes of the symptoms you are describing. I would not hesitate to be seen and thoroughly evaluated. ...Read more

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I drank a glass of wine and some of it went in to my lungs. Is it dangerous? What can I do to get the lungs dry?

I drank a glass of wine and some of it went in to my lungs. Is it dangerous? What can I do to get the lungs dry?

Aspiration pneumonia: Hello, excessive drinking with some aspiration, It can sometimes cause something called aspiration pneumonia. If you have persistent cough or develop fevers, see if physician. You might need a chest x-ray. ...Read more

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2yr old has dry hacking cough, since november. Dr confirmed lungs clear. The same thing happens each year in winter. Would a humidifier help?

2yr old has dry hacking cough, since november. Dr confirmed lungs clear. The same thing happens each year in winter. Would a humidifier help?

Yes: It sounds like your child has an irritated respiratory tract. It 's great the lungs are clear. A vaporizer or humidifier often helps in winter months when the humidity is low. Also, you may want to try a dose of Diphenhydramine at bedtime (like benadryl). If the cough continues or worsens, check back with your doctor. ...Read more

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Burning in lung, dry hacking non-productive cough, congestion. Should I be worried?

Burning in lung, dry hacking non-productive cough, congestion. Should I be worried?

Fever?: You should be worried, are you a smoker?
If has not being going for more than 2 or 3 days and there is no fever can wait otherwise see a doc. ...Read more

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On Eribulin & Avastin (bevacizumab). Coughing like crazy, dry cough not in lungs. Tried Syrup with Codeine, 100 mg Tesalon Perles. Is there anything else I can try?

On Eribulin & Avastin (bevacizumab). Coughing like crazy, dry cough not in lungs. Tried Syrup with Codeine, 100 mg Tesalon Perles. Is there anything else I can try?

Steam Inhalation: Steam provides moist air and as well as loosen congestion and remove irritants from the throat and lungs. 3-4 times per day is recommended. ...Read more

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My lungs feel heavy when breathing but no shortness of breath also I have dry cough. Is this a normal sickness or should I be worried?

My lungs feel heavy when breathing but no shortness of breath also I have dry cough. Is this a normal sickness or should I be worried?

See physician: Asthma can present like this, rather than with wheezing. A number of lung problems can have only a dry cough as you do. See your physician. An evaluation, including breathing tests and a chest X-ray can get to the root of the problem and proper treatment. ...Read more

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I have athletes foot and also a terrible dry cough with gagging. Could they be related? Can a foot fungus travel to the lungs if left untreated?

I have athletes foot and also a terrible dry cough with gagging. Could they be related? Can a foot fungus travel to the lungs if left untreated?

Unlikely: Theoretically possible, practically unlikely. The two are most likely unrelated. You should get your athlete foot treated ...Read more

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Ever since I was a kid, I have a very bad dry cough. Dr. Says lungs are fine etc. Acts up in winter/night. Vein on neck pops out. Any help/remedies?

Ever since I was a kid, I have a very bad dry cough. Dr. Says lungs are fine etc. Acts up in winter/night. Vein on neck pops out. Any help/remedies?

Allergies: Try getting allergy tested. You may be allergic to something year round that is causing symptoms. You may want to try taking delsym (dextromethorphan) at night before you go to bed. Good luck and feel better! ...Read more

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I have had a dry cough for like two months now, and now it is accompanied by shortness of breath and constant mucus in the lungs, what could this be?

I have had a dry cough for like two months now, and now it is accompanied by shortness of breath and constant mucus in the lungs, what could this be?

Be seen: It could be several things, from an infection to more chronic lung diseases. If pneumonia, it sounded atypical at first, but you may be getting an infection on top of it. Emphysema (COPD) can act this way, as can asthma. Drug reactions can cause cough. Lung cancer also has to be considered. Shortness of breath is a serious problem and needs more evaluation. ...Read more

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Dry cough for 4 months with whistling crackling lungs for 2 months. Recently shortness of breath and worsening of cough. Have to sleep sitting up.?

Dry cough for 4 months with whistling crackling lungs for 2 months. Recently shortness of breath and worsening of cough. Have to sleep sitting up.?

Pneumonia: It sounds like you are drowning! More than likely you have pneumonia. There are many types and your protracted course suggests a mycoplasma infection. You need to see the doctor, get a chest X-ray, check or oxygen level and be treated. You should go to the doctor soon. I think you know that. You don't need permission. ...Read more

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I read that petroleum based ointments should not be used for dry nose conditions because the petroleum vapors have a negative effect on lungs. True? Thk

I read that petroleum based ointments should not be used for dry nose conditions because the petroleum vapors have a negative effect on lungs. True? Thk

Partially correct: It is rare but exposure to petroleum based ointments applied to the inside of the nose can cause injury to the lungs. If seen, typically from chronic exposure and due to aspiration of the jelly into the lungs. There are products available over the counter that are water based and would recommend changing to one of them. ...Read more

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Dry no phlegm cough for two weeks. Can't HOLD a deep breath in lungs without coughing? I cough after inhale. Worse in morning. Better after hot shower

Sounds like: "asthmatic" bronchitis! Are you wheezing??? You may require an antibiotic so best bet is to call your Primary Care Provider! BTW the shower is a GIANT VAPORIZER, that's why its helping!!! Run a Vaporizer in your bedroom if possible....during the day and during sleep!

Hope these "tips" help!

Dr Z ...Read more

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Have dry, tickling cough attacks in the night, tight lungs/chest, and hoarseness. What is this, and how should I treat it?

Have dry, tickling cough attacks in the night, tight lungs/chest, and hoarseness. What is this, and how should I treat it?

Could be asthma: Symptoms of cough that occur in cold air or at night could signal some mild asthma or allergies developing. See is being in warm bathroom with shower running to create a spa affect, try an over the counter antihistamine and if that does not help you should see your doctor. ...Read more