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How To Heal Burnt Lungs
I was burnt on my chest and had to get a skin-graph on my leg. Are there any creams that will heal my scars?
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
Yes: Asthma can be healed, if the cause of inflammation is reversed: http://bookonhealing.Com/conditions/autoimmune-diseases.Html. Emphysema can't be cured because it is irreversible lung destruction. Smoking causes it, as well as other less common causes. To stop progression, stop smoking and other exposures. Other less common lung conditions may or may not be reversible. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Yes I am a smoker for 15 yrs im about to quit and wanted to know if there is a way to help my lungs heal better?
Exercise!: Congratulations on quitting! it is, by far, the best thing you can do to help your lungs. There isn't really much else you can do to help your lungs heal any better but certainly regular cardiovascular/aerobic exercise can benefit you in so many ways, healthier lungs are just the beginning! good luck! ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Soon: Once the swelling is gone. About a week.See your personal provider for further evaluation. ...Read more
I have been smoking since 17 and now 65. As far as i know I am healthy. I am in the process of quitting. Does or will my lungs start to heal?
Yes and yes: http://goo.gl/kkxkn genetics impact on when one develops cancer. Risk of cancer is associated with amount of exposure and duration of exposure. Tobacco exposure is associated with numerous cancers as well as other non-cancer diseases such as heart disease, stroke, peripheral vascular disease. The sooner you quit the better your long term chance of healthy survival. ...Read more
How bad are my lungs damage and will they heal and how long if i only smoked 3 packes or less in my hole life im 20 y.o & just quit 2 day im health to?
Congrats!: Matt, congratulations on quitting!. This is the single most important thing you could do for your health. The good news is that with that degree of smoking you have a very good chance of still having very healthy lungs. The bad news is that "staying quit" can be very hard, and although it is extremely important, you have to guard against relapses. Keep up the good work. ...Read more
Depends: On how much you smoked and for how long, but in general marijuana smoke is nowhere near as toxic to the lungs as tobacco smoke is, despite the old wive's tales of "one joint=pack of cigarettes." studies of occasional marijuana smokers have shown little or no changes in lung function studies. Very heavy smoking however may cause bronchitis, emphysema and cancer. ...Read more
Immediately: There is no evidence that a single cigarette would do any detectable damage. Even after brief periods of heavy smoking, the lungs will recover (and there are no "ashes" in our lungs) within several weeks to months. Heavy smokers may take years to fully heal, and underlying damage (scarring, emphysema) do not ever heal completely. Most estimate that it takes 10 years after quitting to get normal. ...Read more
Pleural catheter: Place a tube to water seal suction in the pleural space. Tube needed may be large or small depending on the amount of air leak. Once the lung is re expanded given no bronchial injury, lung will eventually heal. If persistent air leak that does not resolve in a reasonable time specially if apical blebs or bullae seen on cat scan thorax, blebectomy abrassive/talc pleurodesis may be advised. ...Read more
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