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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Fluid In The Lungs (Overview)

Fluid around lungs has many causes. It can be exudate (thick i.E pus from infection, malignancy etc) or transudative (heart failure). It may be treated based on the problem found by sampling (thoracentesis). Labs on the fluid help the clinician determine the etiology. For recurring pleural fluid, sometime pleuradesis is necessary to hep prevent recurrance. Need diagnosis for proper resolution.


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Can lysol and irratants like that cause fluid in the lungs if sprayed a lot around person with heart problems?

Can lysol and irratants like that cause fluid in the lungs if sprayed a lot around person with heart problems?

Possible, unlikely: It's possible if you inhale a really large concentrated amount or are especially sensitive, but millions of people are exposed to Lysol daily over decades and they're not dropping like flies. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
626 Doctors shared insights

Fluid In The Lungs (Overview)

Fluid around lungs has many causes. It can be exudate (thick i.E pus from infection, malignancy etc) or transudative (heart failure). It may be treated based on the problem found by sampling (thoracentesis). Labs on the fluid help the clinician determine the etiology. For recurring pleural fluid, sometime pleuradesis is necessary to hep prevent recurrance. Need diagnosis for proper resolution.


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Does pneumonia mean fluid accumulation in the lungs? Does it happen in every case? How is it treated?

Does pneumonia mean fluid accumulation in the lungs? Does it happen in every case? How is it treated?

Lung infection: pneumonia is lung infection and can be caused by mostly virus or bacteria. Generally some fluid accumulation may be associated with pneumonia but sometimes larger amounts of fluid accumulate surrounding the lung, which may need to be drained. ...Read more

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Why don't lungs fail during pulmonary edema?

Why don't lungs fail during pulmonary edema?

They often do: Pulmonary edema is one of the most common causes of respiratory failure. That's why we have ventilators and icus. Less severe cases of pulmonary edema can be tolerated well enough to avoid respiratory failure. Just like a rain, its a matter of degree. You can have a light shower, or a deluge and flash-flooding. ...Read more

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What is treatment for coughing up fluid from lungs?

What is treatment for coughing up fluid from lungs?

Depends.....: First, the etiology of the cough and "fluid" needs to be diagnosed. For example, the fluid could be from congestive heart failure or be inflammatory sputum from acute bronchitis or an asthma exacerbation. All of these etiologies have different treatments so see your doctor so your cough can be diagnosed and then the correct treatment rendered. If you are short of breath, go to the er. ...Read more

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What are some homeopathic treatments for fluid in the lungs?

What are some homeopathic treatments for fluid in the lungs?

None: There are no controlled clinical trials demonstrating efficacy for any homeopathic remedy for fluid in the lungs. There are allopathic remedies that are life saving. If you resort to homeopathy for this condition, the delay in your getting proper and complete diagnosis, and therapy, can lead to serious consequences that might have been avoided or alleviated. ...Read more

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How to get rid of fluid in the lungs naturally?

How to get rid of fluid in the lungs naturally?

LO salt, need help!: Fluid in lungs (pulmonary edema) can be due to many causes: heart failure, kidney failure, liver failure.... Pulmonary edema is usually treated with water pills (diuretics) and low salt diet. Depedending on the exact cause other medications may help: e.g. Coreg (carvedilol) for heart failure. Management of pulmonary edema usually requires a physician team expert in internal medicine problems. ...Read more

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My grandfather is 91 and has chf. Doctors have him on Lasix (furosemide) to prevent fluid buildup around his heart/lungs. How much water can he drink safely?

My grandfather is 91 and has chf. Doctors have him on Lasix (furosemide) to prevent fluid buildup around his heart/lungs. How much water can he drink safely?

Ask his heart MD: At that age - and CHF - the amount of fluid that is safe to take in - can be very specific - and usually is balanced with the urine output - - check with his md - it will depend a lot on his ability of his heart to efficiently pump (ejection fraction) - done with echocardiogram, along with his kidney function (blood tests - especially creatinine, blood urea nitrogen-bun and now GFR - great? ! ...Read more

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What causes fluid build in lungs?

Inflammation: Inflammation or reaction to a foreign body like a bacteria such as infectio fluid in the lungs are also some disease states that cause your body to attack its own tissue and I can closterwood in the longs also remember that all these connect organs are connected in some way to each other in the chest so if the heart fails fluking back up into the lungs and vice versa is more competine you realize but it's a good question. ...Read more

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What causes fluid behind the lungs?

What causes fluid behind the lungs?

A number of things: When fluid accumulates in the spaces around the lungs (pleural spaces), this is called a pleural effusion. There are a number of causes for pleural effusions. One cause is heart failure. When the heart does not work well, its pumping action is decreased and fluid can back up into the lungs and the spaces around the lungs. Another cause might be inflammation of the lungs (as with pneumonia). ...Read more

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How can I remove fluid from my lungs?

Multiple ways: Excess fluid in the lungs can be removed with water pills known as diuretics. Lasix (furosemide) is an example. You could also try decreasing our fluid intake. Both are effective but should be done under a health care providers care. ...Read more

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What causes you to get fluid on your lungs?

What causes you to get fluid on your lungs?

FLUID IN YOUR LUNGS: MANY POSSIBILITIES INCLUDING PNEUMONIA, TB AND OTHER UNUSUAL INFECTIONS, HEART FAILURE, KIDNEY FAILURE, LIVER FAILURE, AUTOIMMUNE DISEASES SUCH AS LUPUS, RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS JUST TO NAME A FEW, TRAUMA, CANCER ...Read more

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What is best medicine for fluid in the lungs?

What is best medicine for fluid in the lungs?

Why is there fluid?: The choice of therapy depends on accurate diagnosis. Plus, some therapies provide short term relief and others change the underlying physiologic processes. For one of the most common causes of fluid in the lungs, congestive heart "failure", medications called diuretics are prescribed. When your doc chooses which diuretic to use, it depends upon many other factors including heart & kidney function. ...Read more

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Please help, how much is 1000cc of fluid on the lungs?

Please help, how much is 1000cc of fluid on the lungs?

About 4 cups...: 1000 cc of fluid is the same as 1000 ml. If you convert ml to us cups (like a measuring cup used in the kitchen for cooking), then this volume of fluid is a little more than 4 cups. It's about the same as a quart of milk one could buy in a supermarket.

Hope that this helps. ...Read more

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Please explain what it means to have fluid in the lungs?

Pulmonary edema.: Pulmonary edema is a condition caused by excess fluid in the lungs. Fluid collects in the tiny air sacs (alveoli), making it difficult to breathe. The causes of lung edema are often broken into heart conditions and non heart related. If the heart doesn't pump well, then fluid can back up / build up in the lungs. Some non-cardiac causes are: pneumonia, kidney disease, ; high altitude sickness. ...Read more

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Could I be constantly coughing if I had fluid in my lungs?

Could I be constantly coughing if I had fluid in my lungs?

Constant cough: There are many reasons for chronic or constant coughing. The most common reasons are asthma, post nasal drip from allergies or sinus infections and ge (acid) reflux. Pulmonary edema (fluid in the lungs) is another cause typically related to heart issues and can lead to cough, shortness of breath and even wheezing. A pulmonologist can help. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: fluid in the lungs?

Fluid around lungs: Fluid around lungs has many causes. It can be exudate (thick i.E pus from infection, malignancy etc) or transudative (heart failure). It may be treated based on the problem found by sampling (thoracentesis). Labs on the fluid help the clinician determine the etiology. For recurring pleural fluid, sometime pleuradesis is necessary to hep prevent recurrance. Need diagnosis for proper resolution. ...Read more

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How long can a person with fluids around the lungs and organs live?

How long can a person with fluids around the lungs and organs live?

It depends: What caused the fluid, ascites, liver, pneumonia, . ..Cancer? I have a guy that five years ago had half lung filled w fluid and he is great today. ...Read more

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I was working out and now it feels like there is fluid in my lungs?

I was working out and now it feels like there is fluid in my lungs?

See a doctor: Have someone listen to your heart and lungs to see if there are irregular heart rhythms or fluid in the lungs. Based on exam, more studies can be done from what is found. ...Read more

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What causes fluid in the lung?

What causes fluid in the lung?

Several: Fluid in the lungs could mean pulmonary edema (swelling of lung) which can be caused by heart failure (multiple causes of this), infection, mitral valve disease, kidney failure, inflammation. Fluid surrounding lungs (pleural effusion) trauma, infection, heart failure, cancer, kidney failure. There are more. It's best to talk with your doctor for specifics. ...Read more

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What sounds like fluid in the lungs?

What sounds like fluid in the lungs?

Crackles: We hear wet crackles when we examine the lungs with a stethoscope. Breath sounds may be diminished f there is fluid around the lungs.
If you are asking about your symptoms, it may feel that you are congested, coughing, or short of breath. Leg swelling often accompanies fluid on the lungs. ...Read more

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Does bulimia caus fluid on the lungs?

Does bulimia caus fluid on the lungs?

It can, yes: Some people with bulimia purge with ipecac. Chronic use of this can lead to heart failure and death. Http://tinyurl. Com/mnqghoc symptoms would include "fluid on the lungs." additionally, ongoing vomiting causes loss of electrolytes, which also affects heart rhythm and function. When it's failing, people can easily have "fluid on the lungs." please get medical help if you have bulimia. ...Read more

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If you had fluid in your lungs would you feel it when you breath?

If you had fluid in your lungs would you feel it when you breath?

Get it checked out.: If you are having trouble breathing, pain with deep breaths or rapid, shallow breathing then there could be several causes. You should go to the nearest urgent care clinic or er depending on how severe the breathing problem is. ...Read more

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At what point does fluid in the lungs become deadly to you at 88?

Get examined!: Persons who are 88 vary widely in their overall medical condition. What some persons can easily tolerate can be devastating in others. A complete evaluation is essential. There are many causes for such fluid that your physician will carefully weigh. ...Read more

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When I wake up in the morning I have fluid on my lungs and cough until I am sick. This has been happening for about 8 years.

When I wake up in the morning I have fluid on my lungs and cough until I am sick. This has been happening for about 8 years.

See a doctor!: Your symptoms could be caused by a wide range of problems (infections, asthma, allergies or toxic exposures, other serious lung or heart conditions), but this is definitely serious and not normal. See a primary care doctor, who will start off with a detailed history (asking lots of questions) and most likely bloodwork & x-rays, possibly additional tests. These are certainly not symptoms to ignore. ...Read more

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Feels like there is fluid in my lungs after exercise. Is that normal? Not in greatest shape. Trying to get back in shape. HR after was 140 briefly

Feels like there is fluid in my lungs after exercise. Is that normal? Not in greatest shape. Trying to get back in shape. HR after was 140 briefly

Deconditioning: If overweight and not physical activity, tachycardia and shortness of breath can occur with exercise Need a physician evaluation to rule cardiac problems. An approach will be healthy living and regular exercise starting with walking as tolerated and gradually increase intensity. ...Read more

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How to get rid of fluid in the lungs naturally?

LO salt, need help!: Fluid in lungs (pulmonary edema) can be due to many causes: heart failure, kidney failure, liver failure.... Pulmonary edema is usually treated with water pills (diuretics) and low salt diet. Depedending on the exact cause other medications may help: e.g. Coreg (carvedilol) for heart failure. Management of pulmonary edema usually requires a physician team expert in internal medicine problems. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have fluid in the lungs when a new mom?

What does it mean to have fluid in the lungs when a new mom?

R/o cardiomyopathy: If I hear fluid in lung in new mom, the first thing that needs to be excluded is a post partum cardiomyopathy. Ask to get an echocardiogram. Other causes could be due to inflammation or infection. ...Read more

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What could cause a chronic cough and to feel like I have fluid in my lungs?

What could cause a chronic cough and to feel like I have fluid in my lungs?

Get checked: It can be many things, sounds like may be mild asthma, but can be more dangerous things so would have it checked out by a doctor. ...Read more

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How long does someone who has the last stage of COPD and 90% fluid in their lungs have to survive?

How long does someone who has the last stage of COPD and 90% fluid in their lungs have to survive?

Not much: If you really have end stage COPD and you have 90 % fluid in lungs and not treated for it you won't live longer. Technically if you are end stage COPD and any fluid in you lung, you already will be on a breathing machine or life support. ...Read more

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Is there a procedure that can remove the fluid around my lungs without requiring general anesthesia?

Is there a procedure that can remove the fluid around my lungs without requiring general anesthesia?

Yes: Thoracentesis, as it is known, involves placing a needle into "pleural space" under local anesthesia and with drawing fluid by a syringe or allowing passive drainage. Certain 'rapidly accumulating" effusions may require hospitalization and placement of a chest tube. ...Read more

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I have pneumonia and have had fluids pulled off lungs. It keeps coming back. Why is this happening?

Pleural effusion: Pleural effusion or fluid around lungs is a common complication of pneumonia, occurs in 30-40% and a lot of time depends on what type of bacteria causing pneumonia. Sometimes when it's not adequately drained first time, it may require repeat drainage or even chest tube or surgery. Other underlying medical problems such as heart conditions or weakened immune system or smoking also prolong recovery ...Read more

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I have had steroids 4 times in 4 months. I, am struggling to get air in and out. Worse when I lie down. Have I got fluid on my lungs?

Not if steroids...: ...Were the correct treatment. Likely need to see pulmonologist asap for further evaluation, testing and medication modification. Your primary dr can make sure there is not an underlying heart function issue, or if suspects one, send you to cardiologist instead or also. ...Read more

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Is fluid on the lungs and heart terminal?

Is fluid on the lungs and heart terminal?

No: This not terminal and is often treatable. The question is what is causing fluid on the lungs? This is usually a separate process from pericardial effusion. Echocardiography will provide important information about heart strength and valvular function. Treatment for pulmonary edema involves diuretics in addition to other potential medications. ...Read more

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Reasons for craving ice chips and fluid in the lung?

Reasons for craving ice chips and fluid in the lung?

Pica: Pica, or the craving for ice chips can be associated with iron deficiency anemia. You should mention this to your doctor and have your iron levels checked. ...Read more

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My mother has fluid in her lung, how to remove?

Need a doctor: Get her to a doctor. The chest tube that is in place should remove the fluid, but she has many problems. ...Read more

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What are some homeopathic treatments for fluid in the lungs?

None: There are no controlled clinical trials demonstrating efficacy for any homeopathic remedy for fluid in the lungs. There are allopathic remedies that are life saving. If you resort to homeopathy for this condition, the delay in your getting proper and complete diagnosis, and therapy, can lead to serious consequences that might have been avoided or alleviated. ...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


Dr. Rajesh Rethnam
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Pulmonary Edema (Definition)

The lungs are the organ that exchange oxygen and shouldn't have fluids. In pulmonary edema they fill up with fluids most commonly, from heart failure. This causes shortness of breath. Other causes are kidney and liver failure. Low protein in blood or allergic reactions. Treatment usually require diuretics or water pills ...Read more