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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 more
Depends: It really depends on how much lung damage you have and how long you smoked. It could take up to 10 years although you may start feeling improvement in your breathing in first year of quitting smoking. ...Read more
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 more
Yes there is: Stop smoking and start exercise.Get a more detailed answer ›
The former: Inhalers help control symptoms, but they do not induce healing. There are a number of therapies and agents that can help the body heal, including the lungs. The first thing to do is find the causes of the lung problems, then work to reverse them. ...Read more
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:
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
If you smoked as a teen and quit by age 23, do the lungs ever totally heal? I hear so many conflicting things, I would really like to know the truth!
The Lung Heals: It is thought that in this scenario after five years the lungs have returned to fully normal functioning. ...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
Many ways: A punctured lung causing a pneumothorax may be treated with small tubes or chest tubes. Occasionally videoassisted thoracic surgery (vats) may be required to seal the puncture with specialized staplers. ...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
Wedge for what? What is the diagnosis. What was the preoperative fev1?
Insufficient data to give advice. Perhaps if you answer the questions I can advise. ...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
No.: The scar is what's left over after you have healed. Scars can't heal any more. ...Read more
Patience: Chest tube drainage/evacuation will often resolve pressure imbalance instantly. The hole in the lung from trauma or spontaneous collapse can potentially seal in just a few days (like a scab). The lung tissue takes longer to fully heal, depending on type of injury. If from trauma, associated chest wall injury (rib fractures, etc...) as well as chest tube site may take weeks to months to heal. ...Read more
6 month: While some parts of the lungs may heal from the damage caused by smoking, much of the damage is permanent and will leave smokers (and quitters) at an increased risk for a range of health problems. ...Read more
Depends: It depends on the fact that if you had any complications due to your pneumonia such as lung abscess, empyema or cavity formation due to necrotizing pneumonia etc. Most patients with pneumonia slowly heal & their chest xray may take 6-8 weeks to show improvement. Evaluation by a pulmonologist may help clarify things for you. ...Read more
I used meth and smoked for 20 years. I'm wondering if my lungs will heal from that and how much damage I actually did?
No crystal ball...: Using crystal meth probably causes more damage to the brain than lungs and some studies suggest significant psychological/mental or cognitive impairment and higher risk for dementia. Smoking cigarettes is the #1 cause of lung cancer, but COPD (chronic obstructive lung disease) causes much more disability/lower quality of life. Quantity and duration of use influence risk. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more
Yes: Depending on how much damage has been done. If lungs are scarred, and the tiny air sacs (alveoli) damaged, those things may not heal, but usually significant healing occurs. It is also critical to stop your exposure so that no further damage occurs. If you live with smokers, try to keep them from smoking in the house, or at least have a smoke-free room, smoke eaters elsewhere. Or move if you must. ...Read more
1 week possible: Chest tubes may need to placed for up to 1 week or longer. ...Read more
Yes: The lungs begin to clear themselves almost as soon as you quit, but the process can take many months, and even years. Risks of lung and heart disease return back to baseline after about 10 years following quitting. How well the lungs heal depends on how much damage was done. If someone has severe emphysema, it will not get worse, but might not get much better. Otherwise, healing is pretty good. ...Read more
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