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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.

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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!

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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. 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.

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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Sir, Does our body having its regenerative property for lungs or else which gets blocked due to dust, smoke particles after a long period of time??

Sir, Does our body having its regenerative property for lungs or else which gets blocked due to dust, smoke particles after a long period of time??

No regeneration: The cause of symmptoms is most frequently airawy inflammation or swelling, e can treat inflammation, airway blockage is rarely due to physical blockage

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.