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How To Clear Congestion In Lungs
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
May be difficult: Some of the therapeutic measures include agents that will help to liquify the sputum and make it easier to cough up. Some have used inhaled aerosolized antibiotics (systemic antibiotics are seldom helpful because they do not get to the bronchiectatic areas). This is a chronic incurable problem. If there are localized areas they may be amenable to surgery. See a pulmonologist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends what else is: Also happening regarding your allergies status. Any histamines work fairly quickly within 15 to 20 minutes. However if you also have itching in your eyelids, nose, throat, those will respond probably quicker then fluid draining from the ears. Also nasal decongestants can sometimes help clear fluid by decompressing the eustachian tube. Your doctor knows best. So,you should probably call her or him. ...Read more
How to clear lungs and open airways. No asthma but wheeze and dry cough. Feel clogged. What can I take? Anything natural? Can lungs close off?
How do you know?: You will need a lung function test to ascertain whether your have asthma. If you smoke, you may be suffering from chronic bronchitis and the treatment is stopping smoking- the most natural way. If you continue on smoking even just 1 pack a day, you are risking conditions such as chronic irreversible lung obstruction, bronchitis, and even cancers involving different body parts. ...Read more
Will sodium chloride rinsing solution in nebulizer, assist in thinning mucous and help me to cough it up. I have bronchiectasis
It may: It may aid with breaking up the mucus. ...Read more
Terrible things: The list of bad things smoking can do to you cannot be summarized in 400 characters. Let's start with cancer lung cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer death. Head and neck cancer: talk to a person who experience this horrible condition. It's a difficult existence. I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy. If you or someone else is thinking about quitting, make it a top priority. ...Read more
Nasal saline: Keeping the nasal passages clear of mucous with generous amounts of nasal saline & suction is your best basic rx. The saline thins the mucous so it can drain out of the narrow nasal passages & more air can move through. ...Read more
See below: This is one of those problems where a visit to your doctor is necessary to figure out what's going on. Only after a thorough evaluation, including examination and possibly labs and other tests, can your doctor correctly diagnose you and treat you effectively. ...Read more
Saline and suction.: You can use saline nasal drops, which can be purchased over-the-counter and a bulb syringe/nasal aspirator, which you may have received in the hospital after the infant's birth. Otherwise you can purchase one in the pharmacy. Put the drops in the nostrils and attempt to aspirate the loosened mucous with the aspirator. Even if you can't aspirate any mucous, the saline will loosen it. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
NO!!!: No steam is boiling water in vapor form and could burn your lungs. Now cold steam will not work either. Cells in the lung called macrophages will "clean" the lungs over time. Avoid smoke. ...Read more
Fluids: Add nebulize saline.Get a more detailed answer ›
Cough clears lungs: When the bronchial tubes that carry air into the lungs are irritated they produce mucous, or phlegm, which traps the irritants and moves them up the airway so that the mucous and the irritants can be coughed out of the body. Coughing cleans the lungs. Phlegm is the vehicle that allows coughing to clear irritants from the lungs. ...Read more
Pulmonary edema: Lungs can't breathe properly when filled w/water (should be filled w/air instead). You might be describing pulmonary edema, commonly from heart failure and/or kidney or liver failure, or pleural effusion. Imperative that you seek emergent care now. If your family doctor can see you now (you're half a globe away in india or 12hrs ahead), go. If not, go to emergency room for treatment. Don't wait! ...Read more
I often get mild allergies and post nasal drip into my lungs as a result. Can the constant and chronic phlegm in lungs lead to asthma over time?
No: It is rather the opposite, asthma means chronic inflammation of the airways, whether that inflammation is due to an allergen or not , yet to be determined by testing. Chronic inflammation leads to increased sectetion of the mucus glands in the airways causing the increased sputum production and further narrowing of the airways. Check aaaai.org or acaai.org for an allergist in your area, good luck ...Read more
Post nasal drip: Hello. The nasal mucus could be excessive especially during allergy season. I would recommend first a nasal saline wash . Sometimes just removing the pollen from the lining inside your nose is effective. Another option would be an OTC antihistamine like Zyrtec, Allegra or Claritin. Each is available an generic too. Good luck. ...Read more
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