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Doctor insights on: How To Remove Dust From Lungs

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It said to ask a followup question. But guess this site doesn't connect one question to the next. One doctor said, "Your lungs are able to remove some dust via the ciliary elevator". I wanted to ask, "I take that to mean that some dust does stay in t

It said to ask a followup question. But guess this site doesn't connect one question to the next. One doctor said, "Your lungs are able to remove some dust via the ciliary elevator". I wanted to ask, "I take that to mean that some dust does stay in t

Little or no risk: If normal lungs and bronchi (no asthma, chronic bronchitis, etc), little or no dust remains in lungs. Flow of mucus carrying foreign particles ("ciliary elevator") brings it up to where it is swallowed and passes out the GI tract. This can be overwhelmed by very heavy exposure to certain dusts (e.g. silicosis or black lung in miners), but usually no health effects even with heavy dust exposure. ...Read more

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 to clean dust from lungs?

How to clean dust from lungs?

U can sweep it: Bad joke on my part! U can't undo what's been done. Those scar tissue, fibrosis should not be of major concern unless it causes some airway obstruction, restriction of lung expansion causing u to have breathing problems. Follow up with ur pulmonary. God bless u! ...Read more

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In the light I can see particles flying in the air in the home. Maybe it's dust. Is this stuff in air bad for health or lungs?

In the light I can see particles flying in the air in the home. Maybe it's dust. Is this stuff in air bad for health or lungs?

Normal, harmless: We all breathe dust into our lungs all the time. Except in unusually large amounts, it's harmless. All air contains dust. It's more visible in certain lighting conditions, but this doesn't sound like an abnormal amount of dust and will not harm you at all. ...Read more

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My room is small and stuffy. I rarely dust. I always see dust in the sun rays. Can all this dust get into my lungs. Cause health prob. All stuff dust?

My room is small and stuffy. I rarely dust. I always see dust in the sun rays. Can all this dust get into my lungs. Cause health prob. All stuff dust?

Maybe: If the dust includes things you are allergic to it might be a problem but usually you just cough out stuff your lungs don't want ...Read more

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Do lungs heal from dust exposure?

Yes: It will depend on content, amount, etc But the most imp is to avoid it or all ...Read more

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Should I be worried about construction dust & damage to baby's lungs?

Should I be worried about construction dust & damage to baby's lungs?

Cough: An infants lungs are growing and new units are being added to the lungs as they grow. It is best to avoid dust which can irritate the lining of the airway and cause a cough. ...Read more

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I pulverized a concrete floor inside a home for 2 days without a mask. Is silica dust now trapped forever in my lungs causing irreparable damage?

I pulverized a concrete floor inside a home for 2 days without a mask. Is silica dust now trapped forever in my lungs causing irreparable damage?

See specialist: I would see a pulmonologist for evaluation and at least baseline test establishment. You may be fine, but best to be proactive and get checked ASAP. Good luck ...Read more

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So what if it was from farming, that you inhale dust? Does that stay in your lungs forever?

NO: No, our respiratory tract (including our nose, sinuses, trachea, and lungs) has great mechanisms for clearing our airways of foreign particles, including dust. ...Read more

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How do I get my lungs to stop hurting after I inhale dust?

Dust: Dust inhalation should generate much coughing and the most important measure is to avoid dusty environments and even wear a mask if you must work in dusty conditions. If you're experiencing significant cough, production of discolored sputum, shortness of breath, chest pain on inspiration or wheezing, it's important to consult your physician or a pulmonologist for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Do particles from smoke that you inhale from a fire or pieces of dust from clay stay in your lungs forever?

Do particles from smoke that you inhale from a fire or pieces of dust from clay stay in your lungs forever?

No: If exposure was for a few seconds only.
However, asthma raises the risk for an exacerbation.
Best to see your doctor if you have symptoms or were exposed for a prolonged period ...Read more

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If I inhale a bunch of dust, will my lungs somehow clean it out, or does it stay? How long to clean out if so?

If I inhale a bunch of dust, will my lungs somehow clean it out, or does it stay? How long to clean out if so?

Yes: If you inhale dust some of it can be trapped by the hair and mucous membranes, some of it can be exhaled out depending on the particle size, some of it gets trapped by the mucous glands and will be expectorated, some of it forms foreign body granulomas when it gets engulphed by macrophages. As far as the timeframe it may take a few seconds to few weeks. Hope this will answer your question. ...Read more

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Did I damage my lungs? I accidentally had a one time exposure to drywall dust. My boss and a coworker were laying down dry wall and I inhaled some acc

Did I damage my lungs? I accidentally had a one time exposure to drywall dust. My boss and a coworker were laying down dry wall and I inhaled some acc

No: Across the country, every day, thousands of people working with drywall get a whiff of drywall dust. It's hard to keep a mask on every time all the time. Luckily, one whiff of sheetrock dust won't do you in (unless you're the unluckiest person in the county). No worries. ...Read more

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Can you get poisen ivy in your lungs from swallowing dust when mowing it?

Can you get poisen ivy in your lungs from swallowing dust when mowing it?

No: poison ivy rash results from contact with the plant itself, the rash takes time to develop, it is a type of contact allergic dermatitis ...Read more

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While cleaning out the lint from a dryer, is it harmful to the lungs to be breathing in the lint dust that is released into the air?

While cleaning out the lint from a dryer, is it harmful to the lungs to be breathing in the lint dust that is released into the air?

Possible: It is never good to breathe in dust. There is nothing particularly bad about lint. Minor exposure is not generally a problem. ...Read more

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Mayo defines instertitial markings a lung disease caused ie (asbestos, silica dust, grain dust?) are dependent instertitial different if syptm same?

Mayo defines instertitial markings a lung disease caused ie (asbestos, silica dust, grain dust?) are dependent instertitial different if syptm same?

Just a description: "Interstitial markings" are a descriptive term that radiologists and lung specialists use to describe specific markings in the lungs on chest xrays or CT scans.

Many different types of diseases in the lungs cause "interstitial markings." The way to find out which disease it is usually requires a biopsy of some sort. The symptoms are usually cough and shortness of breath. ...Read more

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My husband has dust in the lower lobes of his lungs he has no symptoms. This was picked up on X-ray. Is this likely to be a problem in the future?

My husband has dust in the lower lobes of his lungs he has no symptoms. This was picked up on X-ray. Is this likely to be a problem in the future?

Uncertain: There are a number of occupational lung diseases caused by inhalation. Such as asbestosis. Recommend seeing pulmonary doctor. If he smokes should stop all of thaws conditions are aggravated by smoking. ...Read more

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My left lung hurt when I Inheal. I notice this from yesterday. Is it something I should be concern about. I have seasonal asthema I was dusting mon?

My left lung hurt when I Inheal. I notice this from yesterday. Is it something I should be concern about. I have seasonal asthema I was dusting mon?

Probably: The dusting apparently has triggered your asthma. If you continue to have problem after 24 hrs of exposure, you will need to consult your doctor especially if your rescue inhaler does not work. In the future, do wear a mask when dusting or cleaning. ...Read more

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Is it possible that the dust caused from ripping up cardboard boxes could irritate nose/lungs if breathed in?

Is it possible that the dust caused from ripping up cardboard boxes could irritate nose/lungs if breathed in?

Yes.: Any airborne dust-type substance can irritate the mucous membrane linings of the nose, mouth, and airway. However, this irritation is most likely to be short-lived and of no serious long term consequence in healthy people. If you're having trouble breathing or a bad cough, please see a doctor for evaluation. ...Read more

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At desk at work and work in ceiling was being done. Dust was in air and exposed for that day. Not sure if asbestos, etc? Risk of lung cancer from this?

At desk at work and work in ceiling was being done. Dust was in air and exposed for that day. Not sure if asbestos, etc? Risk of lung cancer from this?

No not at all!: Asbestos can contribute a small risk to developing Cancer but the amount of exposure has to be life long before you can think about that complication. A few days of dust exposure to you would not have any such risk. So you can relax and not worry about this problem. Go for a daily walk if you want to keep your body healthy and free of diseases. ...Read more

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Black lung disease is cause by the inhalation of scilica dust. What might be the scientific name for this disease?

Black lung disease is cause by the inhalation of scilica dust. What might be the scientific name for this disease?

See below: Black lung disease is called coal workers pneumoconiosis

lung disease from silica inhalation is called silicosis ...Read more

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Found out today wood dust is carcinogenic. So why is sawdust treated so nonchalantly unlike asbestos dust? Worried about getting lung cancer now

Found out today wood dust is carcinogenic. So why is sawdust treated so nonchalantly unlike asbestos dust? Worried about getting lung cancer now

Pressure treated: Saw dust from regular wood is not dangerous, except if some one happens to be allergic to it. Pressure treated wood has chemicals that may be carcinogenic. See this site for more information.
http://www. Epa. Gov/oppad001/reregistration/cca/cca_consumer_safety. Htm ...Read more

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Have had dust on the lungs since 1980 and am as pack a day smoker. Doctors at hospital in 1990 looked and said I would be dead by age 40 to 45 if I didn't quit right away. I never did. I am now 54 and just had an X-ray taken. My doctor said lungs look clea

Have had dust on the lungs since 1980 and am as pack a day smoker. Doctors at hospital in 1990 looked and said I would be dead by age 40 to 45 if I didn't quit right away. I never did. I am now 54 and just had an X-ray taken. My doctor said lungs look clea

Pushing your luck: A chest xray cannot tell how well your lungs function, and pulmonary function tests are the true measure of whether smoking is damaging your lungs. However, lungs are not the only problem - heart attacks, mouth/throat cancers (and others), strokes and many other conditions associated with long-term smoking. Smoking hurts 90% of those who engage in it - the odds are very much against you. Stop! ...Read more

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How to know if I have asthma? Very sensitive to all chemicals, dust, smoke, perfumes. They make my nose/lungs burn until after I move away from it

How to know if I have asthma? Very sensitive to all chemicals, dust, smoke, perfumes. They make my nose/lungs burn until after I move away from it

Get seen: Only your physician can tell. I do need to warn you about something. If you have been reading about "multiple chemical sensitivities", and self-diagnose with it, you will never feel well again. It's a cruel myth. I suspect you have some inflammation that may well be asthma and an ENT consult is in order as well. ...Read more

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Car glass is broken into many pieces in the car. I can vaccum but worry if the remaining dust/particles could harm my newborn's lung/digestive system?

Car glass is broken into many pieces in the car. I can vaccum but worry if the remaining dust/particles could harm my newborn's lung/digestive system?

Wouldn't sweat it: You get up what you can and ignore the rest. Any tiny particles would be trapped by hair cells within the nose and respiratory tract and moved out like they do dust and germs every day. The digestive system would ignore it like it does the bugs/dirt/twigs & other debris infants & toddlers place in their mouth during childhood. If you can't see it to remove it its not a issue. ...Read more

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Can u get poison ivy in lungs. I was breathing poison ivy dust the othee day and now I have chest pain on right side when swallowing.

Can u get poison ivy in lungs. I was breathing poison ivy dust the othee day and now I have chest pain on right side when swallowing.

Lungs Unlikely: People have been shown to have a reaction to burned poison ivy/oak. Additionally, sensitive individuals have been shown to have mucosal involvement if truly sensitive (to include mouth and throat). I would see your pcp to assess your condition. ...Read more

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Can exposure to large amounts of dust cause chest pain?

Can exposure to large amounts of dust cause chest pain?

Unlikely: Dust can cause an asthma attack which can make your chest feel tight and make you short of breath, wheeze, and cough but it shouldn't cause actual pain. ...Read more