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How does bronchitis affect the lungs?

How does bronchitis affect the lungs?

Inflammation...: Acute bronchitis in caused by an infection in the airways that produces airway inflammation. In chronic bronchitis, a form of copd, the inflammation is caused by cigarette smoke (usually!). Because of the inflammation, patients develop a cough. The common factor is airway inflammation. ...Read more

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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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How does smoking really affect the lungs?

How does smoking really affect the lungs?

Very negatively!: Smoking kills the hair cells (cilia) that sweep mucus from the lungs, deposits tar that turns lungs from pinkish to black, causes inflammation that damages the delicate membranes of the lung causing asthma, emphysema and chronic bronchitis, and harms immune cells making the lungs more prone to infection. The chemicals in tobacco damage the genetic material (dna) in your lungs causing cancer. ...Read more

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How does asthma affect my lungs?

How does asthma affect my lungs?

It narrows the...: ...Airways by the process of inflammation in the airway walls and so increases their resistance to air movement. ...Read more

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How does emphysema affect your respiratory system?

How does emphysema affect your respiratory system?

Emphysema.: Emphysema is a destruction of lung tissue with resultant reduction in oxygen and carbon dioxide exchange and respiratory effort. It's usually due to smoking but could be due to other medial conditions. It's treatable but not curable. ...Read more

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Does bronchitis affect the healthy?

Does bronchitis affect the healthy?

Yes...: Acute bronchitis is due to an infection in the airways and otherwise healthy people can get this. Chronic bronchitis is a form of COPD that is typically caused by smoking. Smokers who are otherwise healthy can develop chronic bronchitis. ...Read more

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How will bronchitis affect the body?

How will bronchitis affect the body?

Symptoms...: Acute bronchitis, due to an infection of the airways, will cause cough productive of discolored sputum, fever, cold symptoms, body aches, headache, wheezing, shortness of breath, etc. These symptoms are due to inflammation and the body's immune reaction. Chronic bronchitis, a form of copd, results in shortness of breath, cough productive of sputum, wheezing, etc. Due to airway inflammation. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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How does pneumonia affect the integumentary system?

How does pneumonia affect the integumentary system?

Pneumonia: The integument is the skin and the mucous membranes. These structures are not affected as a primary focus of pneumonia, which is an inflammation of the lungs involving the air spaces (alveoli) and the tissues separating them (intraalveolar septi). Not entirely sure what you are asking beyond this. Please rephrase the question if I have not answered you satisfactorily. ...Read more

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How exactly does asthma affect the body?

How exactly does asthma affect the body?

Effects...: Asthma consists of bronchospasm and inflammation of the airways. Typical signs and symptoms include wheezing, shortness of breath, cough, etc. Asthma patients have exacerbations of disease and between episodes, many patients don't have any symptoms. There is no cure but there are effective treatments. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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How does drinking affect your lungs?

How does drinking affect your lungs?

Slows breathing: Alcohol is a brain depressant - it causes a part of the brain called the medulla to slow heart rate and depress breathing. In severe alcohol poisoning people can literally stop breathing. Alcohol however has not direct toxicity to the lungs themselves. Always drink in moderation. ...Read more

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How does lupus affect lungs?

How does lupus affect lungs?

Several ways: The most common problem is pleurisy (pain on taking a breath) due to inflammation of the covering layer of the lungs. Lupus patients can also have infiltrates within the lungs, blood clots (pulmonary emboli), or bleeding into the lung tissue. Aside from pleurisy, most of these problems are very uncommon. ...Read more

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How does the lung undevlope lungs?

Re-ask question: This question is not clear. Re-ask in a different format. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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What is the respiratory quotient and how does it affect pulmonary function?

What is the respiratory quotient and how does it affect pulmonary function?

Not related : Respiratory quotient is a number derived from the equation - amount of carbon dioxide produced divided by amount of oxygen consumed. It is used in some equations to calculate basal metabolic rate and is helpful in pulmonary exercise testing . As such it does not affect an individual's lung function in any manner. Some patients with COPD during hospitalization are put on a low carbohydrate diet. ...Read more

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How does diabetes affect your lungs?

How does diabetes affect your lungs?

Increased infection: Proving that diabetes affects the lungs directly is difficult and the "jury is still out". However, diabetic patients have increased risk for pneumonia and influenza. Both infections can affect your lungs. Diabetics should recieve annual flu shots because of this reason. The new guidelines for Pneumovax (pneumonia shot) is to give the shot before age 65 and repeat it on a patients 65th bday. ...Read more

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What does congested sinusoids in the liver mean? How does it affect you?

What does congested sinusoids in the liver mean? How does it affect you?

Sinusoids: are specialized blood vessels in the liver. Sinusoids appear congested (your question suggests you are quoting from an imaging report) when blood pools there usually because of problems in the right side of the heart, such as heart failure, damming up the blood in the liver. Lung problems can also cause this congestion. Cirrhosis may ultimately result. It is serious and needs careful analysis. ...Read more

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How does bone cancer affect your lungs?

How does bone cancer affect your lungs?

Spread: Cancer which starts in the bones can spread to the lungs (metastasize). These deposits in the lungs can cause cough, shortness of breath or coughing up blood. ...Read more

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How does bronchitis affect the lungs?

Inflammation...: Acute bronchitis in caused by an infection in the airways that produces airway inflammation. In chronic bronchitis, a form of copd, the inflammation is caused by cigarette smoke (usually!). Because of the inflammation, patients develop a cough. The common factor is airway inflammation. ...Read more

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How can I get my lungs back to being fully functional after bronchitis?

How can I get my lungs back to being fully functional after bronchitis?

Dont smoke/exercise: Don't smoke or expose to second hand smoke and other irritants and stay active with exercises as tolerated.And eat properly, get good 7hours of sleep and avoid fatigue. ...Read more

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How long does it take for this crackling in my lungs from bronchitis to go away. Feeling totally fine except I sound like a cat purring constantly.

How long does it take for this crackling in my lungs from bronchitis to go away. Feeling totally fine except I sound like a cat purring constantly.

Can take weeks: I am sorry to hear about the bronchitis. This excess phlegm is just the after effects of the inflammatory process and can take a couple (sometime 3-4 weeks) weeks to resolve. You could try guaifenesin 300 mg by mouth and you can take this every 4 hours if needed. This will help break up the mucus/phlegm. Just make sure you are not pregnant while taking this. Guaifenesin is also called Mucinex ...Read more

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Okay so had bronchitis in my lungs about a month Ago they gave medicine and since then I've had bad anxiety but I don't feel sick or anything ?

Okay so had bronchitis in my lungs about a month Ago they gave medicine and since then I've had bad anxiety but I don't feel sick or anything ?

Related?: I am not sure they are related. Are you taking any new meds? ARe you taking to much caffeine? Are you experiencing any life changing event? Would think about what else is going on in your life as this does not sound like the cause! ...Read more

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After recovering from chemical bronchitis will my lungs always be susceptible to coughs and infections?

After recovering from chemical bronchitis will my lungs always be susceptible to coughs and infections?

Not necessarily: It depends on the severity of the exposure, what the exposure was and your underlying lung status. You are right, some people after pulmonary exposures to toxins/chemicals have sensitized/compromised airways but that isn't always the case for everyone. ...Read more

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Noticed pain as I pressed center-mass. Then began painful coughing fit and stinging inflamed feeling in lungs. Just getting over bronchitis.

Noticed pain as I pressed center-mass. Then began painful coughing fit and stinging inflamed feeling in lungs.  Just getting over bronchitis.

Bronchitis: If you have lingering cough productive of discolored sputum, fever, wheezing, shortness of breath or chest pains on deep breathing, further evaluation and possible chest X-Ray as well as continued treatment would be needed. ...Read more

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I had Bronchitis in September, it took about a month to get well. I started feeling sick 3 days ago. I woke up this morning to my lungs burning. ?

I had Bronchitis in September,  it took about a month to get well. I started feeling sick 3 days ago. I woke up this morning to my lungs burning. ?

Many causes. See Doc: Post viral and self-limiting Reactive Lung is rather common. However, given that u have recovered and now have new symptoms, may suggest possible underlying reactive lung disease or recent exposure some offending substance and/or other etiologies of ur symptoms. I would advise to see ur family doctor for an examination with particular attention to ur lung and allergies and social history history. ...Read more

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Are bloody sputums the symptoms of lung disease or bronchitis?

Both...: The most common cause of coughing blood, called hemoptysis, is bronchitis. But, there are many other conditions that can cause hemoptysis including malignancy. Therefore, hemoptysis is a symptom that always requires an evaluation by your doctor so that the correct treatment can be rendered once the diagnosis is made. ...Read more

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Differentiating between bronchitis and lung cancer?

Both cause: Cough, sputum, even occasonal blood, and are related to smoking, but bronchitis is another warning to quit, and lung cancer means you have acquired something that might kill you. Big difference. ...Read more

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What can I do to get mucus out of my lungs when I have bronchitis/asthma?

What can I do to get mucus out of my lungs when I have bronchitis/asthma?

Cough: In all seriousness, that is highly effective. Often there is a component of post nasal drip present and nasal steroids, saline rinses, and antihystamines help as well. If allergies are persistant see an allergist about getting treatment. ...Read more

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I had bronchitis 2 months ago. Cough is better but still have an episode or two daily of short breath and crackling lungs when breathing...Normal?

I had bronchitis 2 months ago.  Cough is better but still have an episode or two daily of short breath and crackling lungs when breathing...Normal?

Recovery: Any upper respiratory or lower respiratory infection can cause a prolonged and delayed recovery phase. During this time, it's not unlikely that you might have some periodic mucus or bronchospasm which causes the symptoms you describe. If you haven't done so recently, you need to see md to check you out and possibly do x-ray , etc. ...Read more

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I have chemical vapors trapped in my lungs. I was diagnosed with chemical bronchitis. Can I overexertion myself ie running, to clean my lungs out? ??

I have chemical vapors trapped in my lungs. I was diagnosed with chemical bronchitis. Can I overexertion myself ie running,  to clean my lungs out? ??

Yes: You do not still have the vapors, but you do have the lining of your lungs inflamed and therefore not able to work as well. Running or other physical exertion would be putting an undo burden on your lungs. They must heal, not be challenged. Running off out of shape 'pain" is okay, but running off damage is unwise and can worsen the situation or at least prolong the recovery ...Read more

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This morning i woke up with an extreme burning sensation in my lungs every time i cough i've had pneumonia and bronchitis and it doesn't feel those. ?

See a doctor: You should be examined and probably will need a chest x-ray. You have omitted important aspects of the illness, such as fever, chills, nature of the material you are coughing up, or not. Are you short of breath? Write everything down, go and see a good clinician and hope you get better soon, . ...Read more

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Bronchitis (Definition)

Inflammation of the lining of the bronchial tubes (the tubes that carry air to ...Read more