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How does alcohol affects the respiratory system and why?

How does alcohol affects the respiratory system and why?

Through the brain: Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant, which can affect the centers in the brain that regulate respiration. Consequently, breathing may slow and not keep up with demand, especially when asleep. Also, alcohol lowers your defenses against aspiration, contributing to pneumonia. Lastly, alcohol can make sleep apnea worse making it further difficult to breathe.

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My colleague uses a lot of hand sanitizer to clean her tables. Can the alcohol evaporated from the sanitizer damage the eyes and respiratory system?

My colleague uses a lot of hand sanitizer to clean her tables. Can the alcohol evaporated from the sanitizer damage the eyes and respiratory system?

Unlikely an issue: Direct contact of the sanitizer with the delicate surface of the eye would be harmful. However, the dissipation of the alcohol vapor as it evaporates from the cleaned surfaces has such a low concentration that harm to the eyes or lungs would be unlikely. Using such products in open spaces is less worrisome than those that are confined and poorly ventilated.

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Can someone have respiratory depression after drinking alcohol?

Can someone have respiratory depression after drinking alcohol?

Yes, they can: Yes, if they drink enough, respiration can be depressed. With high enough alcohol level, the person can become comatose and die.

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How much pain is respiratory depression caused by codeine/alcohol mix?

How much pain is respiratory depression caused by codeine/alcohol mix?

I am not able to: Track the meaning of your question. Please clarify and re-ask. Take care.

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How does alcohol affect my immune system?

How does alcohol affect my immune system?

Many ways: Alcohol slows down the white blood cells that fight infection, catch and actually eat and kill various germs, and also decreases the production of antibodies and other important humors (cytokines etc.) produced by other kinds of white cells. They make individuals more prone to various infections, especially respiratory, because of smoking and sedating people so they aspirate, and w. Unusual germs.

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How does alcohol affect the peripheral nervous system?

How does alcohol affect the peripheral nervous system?

Definitely yes: It is well known that alcohol is a depressant of the CNS and vascular system, leading to irreversible changes in the peripheral nervous system. Additionally there is a direct neurotoxic effect of alcohol. The most frequent consequence of chronic alcohol intake is a toxic alcohol induced polyneuropathy. The symptoms include numbness of the soles, followed by discomfort of feet and legs.

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Is it really that bad to drink alcohol? How does alcohol affect the digestive system?

Is it really that bad to drink alcohol? How does alcohol affect the digestive system?

Depends: The question is how much alcohol? Low doses of alcohol (1 standard drink/day in women and elderly, 2 per day in men) causes little or no problems in most people, and may actually increase the good cholesterol (hdl). Larger doses cause many problems, mostly to our ability to live with others successfully and navigate life's pathways, but also to the heart, liver, GI tract and every other organ.

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Does alcohol use weaken the immune system? I am not talking about being an alcoholic but rather a casual drinker or even one drink per day.

Does alcohol use weaken the immune system? I am not talking about being an alcoholic but rather a casual drinker or even one drink per day.

See answer: Over time, and with other underlying medical conditions, it may make you feel run down and weaken you, but generally, a glass of wine for example, as evidenced by several European studies, may provide some cardiac benefit, and has not revealed any immune system issues.

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How does drinking affect the respiratory system?

How does drinking affect the respiratory system?

See below: As far as I know, no types of drinks affect the lungs unless you aspirate.

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What kind of infections affect the respiratory system?

Respiratory System: Could be parasites, viruses, fungi or bacterial

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How does tuberculosis affect the respiratory system?

How does tuberculosis affect the respiratory system?

Multiple: Primary TB is usually manifested by fever with few or no pulmonary symptoms. Chest xrays may show lymph node enlargement, fluid in the chest or infiltrates. Later stages may show cavities or endobronchial spread. Cough, fever and weight loss are common.

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How does the immune system affect the respiratory system?

How does the immune system affect the respiratory system?

Immunity: It protects us and can also be a major player in the inflammatory pathway or autoimmune disease.

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How does ebola affect the respiratory system? How does the disease kill you?

How does ebola affect the respiratory system? How does the disease kill you?

Ebola Virus: A person with Ebola infection may develop cough, chest pain, hemoptysis (coughing up blood), respiratory distress as well as Interstitial pneumonia and pulmonary edema with attempts to hydrate. Shock with capillary leakage, seizures, coma & respiratory distress herald death.

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How heart disorder may affect the respiratory system?

How heart disorder may affect the respiratory system?

Congestion: By affecting the flow and pressures inside the lungs, congestion of the lungs could happen causing respiratory difficulty.

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How does eating healthy foods affect the respiratory system?

How does eating healthy foods affect the respiratory system?

Healthy food: Has a positive impact on all organ systems. If you are overweight they can help you loose weight and perhaps breathe more easily. If you have a respiratory problem please see your doctor. Peace and good health.

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How does congestive heart failure affect the respiratory system?

How does congestive heart failure affect the respiratory system?

Fluid: If the heart fails it allows blood and fluids to build up in the lungs causing difficulty breathing thus the term "congestion".

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How does coronary heart disease affect the respiratory system?

It doesn't: Unless the chd has progressed to the point that the heart is failing. Then the lungs become congested with fluid (from the backpressure of a failing heart - also called "congestive heart failure"). The cardinal symptom is breathlessness.

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