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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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I smoke too much from last 3 yrs. I want to quit it bt cannot. And how can I make lungs clean again and too much cough is also coming when I cough?

I smoke too much from last 3 yrs. I want to quit it bt cannot. And how can I make lungs clean again and too much cough is also coming when I cough?

Get assistance: Need to quit. Need professional help & treatmernt for both drug dependency & a bronchitic component before is not too late. ...Read more

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Hi docs, will your lungs clean the tar from cigars/cigarettes?

Hi docs, will your lungs clean the tar from cigars/cigarettes?

No...: That is, until you stop smoking. Cigarette smoke poisons the little hair cells in the airways called "cilia." These little hair cells clean the airways of the junk that we breathe in. With smoking, however, you can't clear the junk breathed in, and the tar and other "gunk" accumulates in the lungs.

That's why, interestingly, people who stop smoking cough more. The lungs now can clear themselves ...Read more

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I quit smoking. How many years until my lungs are clean?

I quit smoking. How many years until my lungs are clean?

2 years: There is research that suggests being smoke free for 2 years returns much of the function. 10 months sees a major improvement. ...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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What does it mean if doctor says I have problems getting air out of my lungs? Fev1 96% predict fev1/fvc 81% w/decreased frc? Improve w/dilator. Are my lungs scarred? Clean xray, doc just said f/u 6mon

What does it mean if doctor says I have problems getting air out of my lungs? Fev1 96% predict fev1/fvc 81% w/decreased frc? Improve w/dilator. Are my lungs scarred? Clean xray, doc just said f/u 6mon

Narrowed airways: When your breathing improves after bronchodilators, that means that your airways are narrowed (bronchoconstriction), which causes difficulty with breathing out more than breathing in. This is the underlying problem in asthma. If you are short of breath, asthma medicines may help - ask your doctor. ...Read more

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Barking cough after flu last week. Dr says lungs sound 'clean' and it's probably just from flu. Mild short of breath, mild wheezing. What to do?

Barking cough after flu last week. Dr says lungs sound 'clean' and it's probably just from flu. Mild short of breath, mild wheezing. What to do?

Re-examination.: If this was just the flu, it would typically be resolving after one week, so the fact that you're still having symptoms has me curious, especially if those symptoms are pulmonary as you've described. I would have your doctor reconsider your diagnosis at this point. ...Read more

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I've been smoking since 2 years. Age 19.I want to start boxing now. Will my lungs be able to function like clean lungs or they'll stay damaged?

I've been smoking since 2 years. Age 19.I want to start boxing now. Will my lungs be able to function like clean lungs or they'll stay damaged?

If you stop smoking: They will get better within months, and within a few years will be back to their normal state of health (although the dark staining of the lungs doesn't go away). But you have to STOP, or the damage will continue, and it will effect your endurance, strength and stamina. ...Read more

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After you quit smoking how long does it take for your lungs to fully clean up?

After you quit smoking how long does it take for your lungs to fully clean up?

Tremendous Incentive: After one year off cigarettes, your cardiac risk decreases is less than 1/2 of smoker, 5 years risk of cva decreases, 10 yrs, risk of lung cancer drops to 30 to 50% and 15 yrs, cardiac risk is same as if never smoked. Your lungs will never fully clean themselves as you say but your overall health will be greatly improved. ...Read more

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Any way to tell how much stuff like pollutants are in my lungs? Aka how clean my lungs are? Without x-rays?

Any way to tell how much stuff like pollutants are in my lungs? Aka how clean my lungs are? Without x-rays?

No: Lungs are self-cleaning. People with cystic fibrosis can't "self-clean" lungs so their lungs get infections easily. Some things are toxic to lungs (smoking, inhaling chemicals, etc...) and damage the self-cleaning ability. One cannot tell what "pollutants" remain in the lungs (not even with x-rays), but if he is not damaging his own lungs, is active, is healthy, and breathes fine, he should be ok. ...Read more

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My 5 month old son has a cough, doctor said he has nothing, clean lungs. But he still has this caugh, what it can be?

My 5 month old son has a cough, doctor said he has nothing, clean lungs. But he still has this caugh, what it can be?

Cough: Your child may have a post nasal drip which is the cause of his cough. Use salt water nose drops four times a day and the vaporizer when he goes to bed. Keep the vaporizer on when he sleeps at night. Have him sleep on several pillows. Use vaporub on his chest and push fluids. ...Read more

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Constant air hunger and yawning to get deep breath for past 3 years. Dr said heart is good, lungs good and clean cath. Anxiety or something else?

Constant air hunger and yawning to get deep breath for past 3 years. Dr said heart is good, lungs good and clean cath. Anxiety or something else?

A Psych Eval and....: Here are good exercises to try while you seek a good match w/ a Psychologist to evaluate your needs. It may be enough to use these, but it will optimize whatever else you do to correct this condition. This is a good description similar to what I teach my patients. It really works! Http://www. Calmclinic. Com/anxiety/treatment/breathing-exercises ...Read more

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Potential causes to chest pain jn the low mid area-2-4min of waves of pain, on and off thru day - heart and lung exams came clean at urgent care.?

Potential causes to chest pain jn the low mid area-2-4min of waves of pain, on and off thru day - heart and lung exams came clean at urgent care.?

Chest pain: The causes of chest pain can be serious to benign. If an extensive cardiac and pulmonary work up have been completed then a GI and musculoskeletal evaluation must be done to complete the work up ...Read more

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Very hard chest pressure and sharp pain for 3 weeks permanently, ecg, blood tests and lung xray are clean. Anti deppressive not working. Sleep works?

Very hard chest pressure and sharp pain for 3 weeks permanently, ecg, blood tests and lung xray are clean. Anti deppressive not working. Sleep works?

Many causes: A 26 year old man with chest pressure and pain, constant and with normal ECG and X-rays but improved with sleep. Causes could include psychogenic, esophageal dysmotility (diffuse esophageal spasm), esophageal pathology, aortic pathology, etc. At that age, serious conditions are unlikely but possible. ...Read more

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I had an echo in june to look for pulmonary htn (clean) and CT lung as well (clean) could I now have pulmonary htn? My chest is tight and hard 2 bre

I had an echo in june to look for pulmonary htn (clean) and CT lung as well (clean) could I now have pulmonary htn? My chest is tight and hard 2 bre

Heart monitor help?: Pulmonary hypertension (ph) is an increase of blood pressure in the pulmonary artery, pulmonary vein, or pulmonary capillaries, together known as the lung vasculature, leading to shortness of breath, dizziness, fainting, leg swelling and other symptoms. Pulmonary hypertension can be a severe disease with a markedly decreased exercise tolerance and heart failure. ...Read more

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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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How to clean my lungs with natural are surgical or tablet methods? To overcome the damage done by smokiing?

How to clean my lungs with natural are surgical or tablet methods? To overcome the damage done by smokiing?

Cessation: Smoking cessation is the first step, with time your lungs will recover to some degree. The sooner you stop the faster the shorter will be recovery. ...Read more

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What is a good way (without medicine) to clean the lungs?

What is a good way (without medicine) to clean the lungs?

Deep breathing: The best you can do is slow deep breaths especially against resistance with a respiratory coach if available. Don't breath so fast you hyperventilate and pass out please. ...Read more

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I smoke regularly I need to clean my lungs, is there a procedure and how much does it cost?

Not really.: There is no 'procedure' to clean your lungs. The very best thing that you can do for your lungs is to stop smoking. This will also save you money as smoking is expensive!
if you have concerns about 'cleaning' your lungs and about smoking cessation, go to a local clinic and discuss your concerns with a provider / doc. Medications, hypnosis, and behavior modification may help. Be well! ...Read more

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2 month wet cough. Bronscopy yesterday. Clean put lungs with fluid. Cough was better. Today, have wet cough with phlegm.

2 month wet cough. Bronscopy yesterday. Clean put lungs with fluid. Cough was better. Today, have wet cough with phlegm.

MGT: It is common following a bronchoscopy to have a wet cough. I would advise waiting until the results return usually within 48 hours, and then reviewing the results. An inbox consult is available online and you can upload the results to your records. ...Read more

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Hello doctor I've been smoking for almost a year now and have quit a week ago, can u tell me how do I clean my lungs and tar in it.

Hello doctor I've been smoking for almost a year now and have quit a week ago, can u tell me how do I clean my lungs and tar in it.

Self-cleaning: First of all, congratulations on quitting! That is among the most awesome things you can to for your health - seriously!
Your lungs are well-equipped to clean themselves. Stopping smoking will allow cilia in the respiratory epithelium to regrow and reanimate. These cells will literally sweep away particulates and pollutants. Your lungs have other cells and systems to help clear foreign substances ...Read more

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I have chemical vapors trapped in my lungs. I was diagnosed with chemical bronchitis. Can I overexertion myself ie running, to clean my lungs out? ??

I have chemical vapors trapped in my lungs. I was diagnosed with chemical bronchitis. Can I overexertion myself ie running, to clean my lungs out? ??

Yes: You do not still have the vapors, but you do have the lining of your lungs inflamed and therefore not able to work as well. Running or other physical exertion would be putting an undo burden on your lungs. They must heal, not be challenged. Running off out of shape 'pain" is okay, but running off damage is unwise and can worsen the situation or at least prolong the recovery ...Read more

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What is the best way to put an end to this wheezing, clean out lungs, increase lung capacity?

See allergist: You cannot increase your lung capacity at your age. If you have frequent wheezing and a productive cough, you should consult an allergist. You cannot fight this battle alone. ...Read more

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Fatigue for 2 years with some muscle loss. Pet/ct scan was negative. What is chance of it missing lung cancer (exsmoker sorry, clean 2 years). Thanks?

Fatigue for 2 years with some muscle loss. Pet/ct scan was negative. What is chance of it missing lung cancer (exsmoker sorry, clean 2 years). Thanks?

Not zero: But very small. No test is perfect. There are a number of reasons for missed diagnosis of lung cancer. However, a PET CT is the best way to identify lung cancers. Not all nodules seen on CT are positive on PET but this is rare. If no nodules are seen on PET or CT, then the likelihood is less than 2-3/10, 000. If you are worried, you can have a follow up low dose screening CT. PET is not needed. ...Read more

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Leg/trunk lethargy for 4 weeks & hypoglycemic spells. Clean : echo, lung CT scan, brain MRI. ER visit findings : potassium 3.2, d-dimer 270, A1c 4.6?

Leg/trunk lethargy for 4 weeks & hypoglycemic spells. Clean : echo, lung CT scan, brain MRI. ER visit findings : potassium 3.2, d-dimer 270, A1c 4.6?

Hypokalemia: I specialize in low blood K. If BP is high or taking BP diuretics need to be checked for Conn's syndrome an adrenal gland problem that makes too much aldosterone. On BCP? Mention this to Dr. And if no good explanation for low K you need to be tested for this. ...Read more