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Doctor insights on: Inflamed Lungs

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Can hyperinflated lungs heal?

Can hyperinflated lungs heal?

That depends...: On the cause. Many disease states can cause 'hyperinflation'. Asthma, may cause hyperinflation that resolves after the acute state. However, emphysema causes hyperinflation due to destroyed lung tissue. Unfortunately, that does not 'heal'. If you smoke, quit! ...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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Are my lungs tissues destroyed with emphysema?

Are my lungs tissues destroyed with emphysema?

Yes: Emphysema is destruction of lung tissue, most often due to smoking. And once the tissue is gone, it is gone, unfortunately. So, if you are smoking, stop. ...Read more

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Does hyperinflated lungs mean large lungs?

Does hyperinflated lungs mean large lungs?

Yes & No: Hyperinflated lungs are larger but that's not good. Rather than being elastic, the lungs are more rigid and stretched out which makes them less efficient and less able to clear out stale air and contaminants. This is often seen in COPD. So, it's not like they're really larger in that there's more surface area for gas exchange. ...Read more

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Can coughing damage lungs?

Can coughing damage lungs?

Yes but unlikely...: Cough as a result of the occasional cold virus is unlikely to cause any lung damage. Even the whooping cough in the unvaccinated is unlikely to cause lung damage per se (unless you're a newborn, in which case your risk of death in much greater). However, one could develop a pneumothorax as a result of coughing but it's unlikely unless underlying disease process. Check out http://goo.Gl/pqfybx. ...Read more

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Can phleghm clean the lungs?

Can phleghm clean the lungs?

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

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Can acid reflux cause lungs infiltrates / lung irritation ?

Can acid reflux cause lungs infiltrates / lung irritation ?

It's possible.: it is certainly possible if one's acid reflux results in aspiration of stomach acid or stomach contents, to get long infiltrates and lung irritation. Pneumonia is even possible in more extreme circumstances. If you feel you are aspirating due to reflux, see your doctor. Good luck. ...Read more

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My chest x-ray shows hyperinflated lungs. Can anxiety cause air trapping from poor breathing?

NO: Air trappin is generally due to air OBSTRUCTION in the smaller lung (bronchial) tubes. S guess a VERY DEEP Breath ...held while the xray is taken could give an appearance of hyperinflation but Radiologist know the difference!!! BTW anxiety generally is associated with rapid shallow breathing...Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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Can my ribs or lungs be damaged?

Can my ribs or lungs be damaged?

Yes: You can damage ribs with any trauma. Hence rib fractures. Lungs can be damaged many ways from trauma to smoking and inhalation of particles. Need to protect your lungs as much as possible. Other causes can include infectious one that will damage your lungs. ...Read more

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Where do the bronchial pulmonary blood vessels and nerves enter the lungs?

Where do the bronchial pulmonary blood vessels and nerves enter the lungs?

Pulmonary vessels: Can't show good pictures here. Suggest wikipedia. in short vessels come off pulmonary artery, nerves in hilum. ...Read more

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Can your lungs regenerate itself?

No lung regeneration: An adult lung does not grow new tissue; however, injured lung may potentially recover partial or near normal function. ...Read more

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Can pneumonia cause calcified chest nodules?

Not if bacterial: Calcified granulomata develop in the lungs after primary tuberculosis infection and after several fungal pulmonary infections. They do not develop after usual bacterial or viral pneumonias. ...Read more

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Could smoking weed seriously damage throat or upper airways?

Could smoking weed seriously damage throat or upper airways?

Harmful: Marijuana smoke contains bronchial irritants. Inhalation with marijuana is more prolonged ; deeper than with tobacco. Higher combustion temperatures are reached because it is smoked to a shorter butt. This leads to a carboxyhemoglobin concentration that is 5 x ^ than tobacco. 3 x more tar is inhaled. Prolonged use of cannabis can lead to airway inflammation, wheezing ; ^ in sputum production. ...Read more

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Could clearing sore throat permanently damages your vocal cords?

Could clearing sore throat permanently damages your vocal cords?

Yes: Clearing of the throat by habit or a feeling of mucus or reflux of acid can permanently damage the surface of the true vocal folds. When you continuously clear your throat you are essentially banging the vocal folds against each other. Eventually you may develop a vocal fold nodule, ulcer, bleed into the fold. You need to find out why you are clearing your throat so often. ...Read more

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My chest xray findings: clear lungs. Apical pleural thickening. Is it serious?

My chest xray findings: clear lungs. Apical pleural thickening. Is it serious?

Probably not.......: This is most likely the result of previous infection. Typically this thickening will look the same on the right and left with only some minor difference in thickness. If this is the case it is most likely nothing to worry about and just a follow-up chest xray to give you peace of mind. If there is a marked asymmetry or associated bone destruction this would need further evaluation. ...Read more

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Swelling in left neck & above clavicle, fatigue, pain/aches, CT scan shows inflamed lymph nodes and lungs pushing down diaphragm. Recent MRSA exposure?

Swelling in left neck & above clavicle, fatigue, pain/aches, CT scan shows inflamed lymph nodes and lungs pushing down diaphragm. Recent MRSA exposure?

Muliple possibilitie: There is a rather large differential diagnosis to the combination of symptoms and findings you have described. I would discuss these with the physician who ordered the CT scan. ...Read more

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Grade2 esophagitis and mucosa inflamed distally?

Grade2 esophagitis and mucosa inflamed distally?

Esophagitis: Esophagitis is unusual in a person in their 30s, but can happen. Omeprazole definitely indicated, at least for 8 weeks, probably longer. Important also is how and what you eat. Smaller meals, chew thoroughly, minimal spice, no alcohol, don't overeat. Eat slowly. Don't eat for 1 hour before bed time. For 2 weeks you might benefit from twice a day omeprazole -- ask doc. Mylanta every 2 hrs ...Read more

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What causes lung calcifications? And lung lymph node?

What causes lung calcifications? And lung lymph node?

Several posibilities: Often this may be due to infections like histoplasmosis (which is quite frequent in the mid-west), but the best thing to do is to have this thoroughly evaluated by a pulmonary (lung) expert. It may require bronchoscopy after appropriate imaging studies, and possibly other procedures, but the importance of establishing a firm diagnosis cannot be over-estimated. Good luck. ...Read more

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Does pulmonary fibrosis cause my lungs to thicken?

Does pulmonary fibrosis cause my lungs to thicken?

Yes: Pulmonary fibrosis causes the inner latticework of the lungs to thicken. Given that this latticework supports oxygen and carbon dioxide exchange, and that exchange is dependent on the thinness of the transport membrane, pulmonary fibrosis makes the lungs work less efficiently, leading to shortness of breath. ...Read more

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Can partially collapsed lungs repair themselves?

Can partially collapsed lungs repair themselves?

Yes: A partially collapsed lung is due to an air leak from the inside of the lung through the covering of the lung, out into the space between the lung and the ribs. The site of the leak has some damage, which will heal itself later. If only a very small amount of air leaked into the chest cavity, that air might go away (reabsorbed by the body) without treatment, and the lung will re-inflate. ...Read more

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