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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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