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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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What is a serious disease of the lungs caused by the fungus histoplasma capsulatum?

What is a serious disease of the lungs caused by the fungus histoplasma capsulatum?

Histoplasmosis: Histoplasmosis is an initial infection of the lungs giving flu-like or cold-like symptoms... The fungus can sometimes infect the retina (the inside light sensitive lining of the eye). The infection can cause direct damage to the retina and if it affects the macula, central vision may be destroyed.

Exposure to histoplasmosis correlates with chicken farming, the fungus lingers in the animal waste. ...Read more

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Once you have had a lung fungus, can it spread to your brains. Also, it will cause you to start having allegy?

Once you have had a lung fungus, can it spread to your brains.  Also, it will cause you to start having allegy?

Fungal infections: Fungal pneumonias are rare, but in those who have them (usually with some sort of immune compromise), it can spread anywhere, including the brain. That being said, allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis (abpa) is a syndrome where a fungus can lead to chronic asthma like symptoms and allergies, but is not an invasive infection and would not go to your brain. Talk to your physican. ...Read more

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Can fungus infections cause lung infections?

Yes: Its not very common, but fungus can cause lung infections, its more common in people whose immune system is down "due to aids for example". ...Read more

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Is it true that there is a fungus that can grow in marijuana that has caused someone to have part of their lung removed?

Is it true that there is a fungus that can grow in marijuana that has caused someone to have part of their lung removed?

Yes : Aspergillosis (as well as many other fungi and microorganisms) can occur in marijuana and tobacco leaves (particularly moldy ones). If the host has a compromised immune system, then invasive pulmonary disease with this fungus (or others) is possible. See . ...Read more

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Does candida fungus commonly infect the lung?

Does candida fungus commonly infect the lung?

No: Candida affect mainly the skin or oral mucosa in healthy individuals.
In case of immune deficiency then invasive candida diseases could happen ...Read more

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Do inhaled steroids for asthma cause disorders like fungus in your lungs?

Do inhaled steroids for asthma cause disorders like fungus in your lungs?

No, they treat it: The air we breathe always has fungal spores in it, and these don't usually cause any problems. When they do, a fungus ball can form (rare), we can get a fungal pneumonia (mainly in immune suppressed patients), or we can get an allergic reaction to the fungus. The last is commonest, and is treated with inhaled and systemic steroids + antifungals. The fungus itself and immune disorders cause it. ...Read more

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I have athletes foot and also a terrible dry cough with gagging. Could they be related? Can a foot fungus travel to the lungs if left untreated?

I have athletes foot and also a terrible dry cough with gagging. Could they be related? Can a foot fungus travel to the lungs if left untreated?

Unlikely: Theoretically possible, practically unlikely. The two are most likely unrelated. You should get your athlete foot treated ...Read more

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My doctor said i have fungus spots in my lungs but that it is common in iowa. I also have walking pneumonia. Is this common?

My doctor said i have fungus spots in my lungs but that it is common in iowa. I also have walking pneumonia. Is this common?

Histoplasma: Your doctor probably told you histoplasma infection that healed with calcification. That is quite common in the Ohio and Mississippi river valleys. See this site for more info.

http://www.cdc.gov/fungal/diseases/histoplasmosis/ ...Read more

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What fungus can causes lung infections and can spread to bloodstream and brain?

What fungus can causes lung infections and can spread to bloodstream and brain?

Cryptococosis: Leads my list of a brain seeker, but others are histoplasmosis, and coccidioidomycosis of san joachim valley fever fame. ...Read more

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If you touch a foot with athletes foot and then you happened to touch your nose, could you get the fungus in the nose, are the lungs at risk?

If you touch a foot with athletes foot and then you happened to touch your nose, could you get the fungus in the nose, are the lungs at risk?

No: The fungi that thrive on feet are not the same ones that cause troubles in the nose. It's human to touch yourself and others; wash your hands when you can, but don't worry about spreading the athlete's foot fungi (which are common in the environment) by simple touch. ...Read more

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Plureal Mass in left lung 5 cm. I did biobsy and pet scan and no evidence of cancer.what is that.is it fungus or worm or what I should do.wheezing?

Plureal Mass in left lung 5 cm. I did biobsy and pet scan and no evidence of cancer.what is that.is it fungus or worm or what I should do.wheezing?

Pulmonologist: The possibility of a mass requires more diagnostics, with your symptoms it is possible its pnemonia, much less concerning than a cancer mid-lung. Scanning can help, but a pulmonologist can decide the right test to reduce fear and misdiagnosis. Hopefully you are using a broncholdilator among the medications you are using. The pulmonologist can direct specific therapy and help treat what you have ...Read more

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Operated fungus ball in left maxillary sinus. Now, postnasal discharge(~ right side) in stomach and left lung. Big spleen. Smelly urine. What could be?

Operated fungus ball in left maxillary sinus. Now, postnasal discharge(~ right side) in stomach and left lung. Big spleen. Smelly urine. What could be?

See doctor: Fungal ball in the sinus is not expected to cause urinary, abdominal, or urinary symptoms. If this affects your lung, then one needs to rule out the presence of fungal ball in the lung as well. With the large spleen, I suspect that you are having a systemic disease and this requires tests and examination to clarify. By the way, the odor of urine is not usually diagnostic of anything. ...Read more

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Is lungs sarcoidosis contagious?

Is lungs sarcoidosis contagious?

No: As far as it is known, sarcoidosis is not due to an infection and is not spread from person to person. ...Read more

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Is pleurisy contagious? Can it spread to the other lung?

Yes: There are several infectious and non-infectious causes of pleurisy. Depending on the underlying cause and its severity, it can also progress from one side to the other in the same patient. Whether a patient with pleurisy is contagious for others will depend on the fact that whether the underlying cause/primary disease process is due to an infectious organism that can easily spread through air. ...Read more

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How serious is pneumonia in one lung (right)? Is it contagious?

How serious is pneumonia in one lung (right)? Is it contagious?

Depends : It depends on what organism causing pneumonia, what is the presentation at the time of diagnosis, co morbid condition, time antibiotics given, associated medical condition. Cap organism is not contagious. ...Read more

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Does tuberculoma of lungs contagious?

Does tuberculoma of lungs contagious?

Depends: This is a term that is not usually used for Tuberculosis of the lungs. It is either active TB or latent TB. They best way to determine if you are infectious is to get a sputum sample that your lab or provider can do an AFB stain and culture. There are also rapid molecular tests that can do this as well. If your sputum is positive, you are infectious. ...Read more

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Can anybody give me advice about lung fungi how can you get it?

Can anybody give me advice about lung fungi how can you get it?

It varies: Based on geographical areas. There are dozens of types of lung fungi but the most common household mold is Stachybotrys chartarum. Usually,lung fungi is inhaled or activated under immune deficiencies or chemotherapy. One needs to consult an infectious disease or pulmonary specialist. Read more in Webmd, Mayo clinic or E medicine. ...Read more

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How do you get strep in the lungs, is it dangerous and is it contagious?

How do you get strep in the lungs, is it dangerous and is it contagious?

Spread : From a throat or other upper respiratory infection into the lungs. Also, can be spread by contact with other infected individuals. ...Read more

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Is nail fungus contagious? Yes it is

Is nail fungus contagious? Yes it is

Yes: But it is not easy to pass it on by direct contact. ...Read more

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My brother has head fungus but it doesn't look like ringworm. It looks like red patches in random shapes. Is it contagious? How do I avoid it forever

My brother has head fungus but it doesn't look like ringworm. It looks like red patches in random shapes. Is it contagious? How do I avoid it forever

Tinea capitis: If your brother is being treated properly with oral & local antifungal medications, he should not be contagious after 48 hrs of starting the treatment, don't share towels & sheets, his should be washed in hot water, dried in dryer, & if possible ironed. I hope that answer your questions. Good luck. ...Read more

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Are lung infections commonly contagious?

Yes and No: Some lung infections or pneumonias such as viral, influenza and bacterial, tuberculosis are contageous from person to person. Other pneumonias such as aspiration pneumonia or ventilator associated pneumonias are not contageous. ...Read more

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Is a toenail fungus contagious?

Is a toenail fungus contagious?

Yes: Toenail fungus is an infection. Similar to a bacterial infection except the growth rate is much slower. Although fungus is not as contagious as some bacterial infections, under the right circumstances and on the right host the infection can be contagious. ...Read more

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Is toenail fungus with M. Gypseum contagious to other family members? How can I avoid spreading during treatment?

Spreading is a myth.: In short, dermatophytes are saprophytes — meaning an organism that grows on non-living tissue. The nail has to have some sort of damage, thickness, pulling up from the nail bed first for the fungus to get into or under the nail. Unless someone is immunologically compromised, it is very rare to 'pass' the fungus from one person to another. ...Read more

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Doctor says i have lung infection and could be contagious what does she mean by that thanks?

Doctor says i have lung infection and could be contagious what does she mean by that thanks?

This means: That your infection could be spread to other people. Please ask your doctor or her staff to educate you further on this matter. Take care. ...Read more

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I hav a friend dianose w/ TB meningitis and now she is under treatment of TB meds (ripe) is dat means she hav active TB in lungs and is dat contagious?

I hav a friend dianose w/ TB meningitis and now she is under treatment of TB meds (ripe) is dat means she hav active TB in lungs and is dat contagious?

Maybe: I'm sorry to hear that your friend has meningitis. She has an infection in the membranes covering her brain and spinal cord. In this case, the organism is the same one that causes tuberculosis. This does not mean that she necessarily has TB in her lungs but she may be contagious. However, she will likely need lots of help and support from friends such as yourself. ...Read more

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Please tell me, is toe nail fungus contagious to other people?

Please tell me, is toe nail fungus contagious to other people?

Technically : Yes it could be. In reality, if localized to the nail chances are not high to spread it. Assuming you aren't handling the toes.... ...Read more

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Fungus (Definition)

Consisting of a florid overgrowth due to exposure to ...Read more


Contagious (Definition)

One is able to transmit an infection to another by ...Read more