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Doctor insights on: Lung Infection What Is It And How Is It Different From Pneumonia

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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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Is. Lung infection the same as pneumonia?

Is. Lung infection the same as pneumonia?

Yes and no: Pneumonia is an infection of the lung but there are others such as lung abscesses, septic pulmonary emboli, tuberculosis etc. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me about lung infection, isnt it the same as pneumonia?

Can you please tell me about lung infection, isnt it the same as pneumonia?

Possibly: Pneumonia is one type of lung infection. Generally when someone is described as having "pneumonia" healthcare providers are thinking of a bacterial infection of the substance of the lung. Some forms of pneumonia / pneumonitis can also be caused by viruses. Infections of the breathing tubes without infection of the lung tissue is sometimes called bronchitis. ...Read more

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What three things can cause the lung infection pneumonia?

What three things can cause the lung infection pneumonia?

Bacteria, viruses,: Bacteria, viruses and fungi cause pneumonia. That is to say, there are hundreds of thousands of causes of pneumonia if not more. ...Read more

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Is there such a thing as a lung infection, other than pneumonia/cancer?

Is there such a thing as a lung infection, other than pneumonia/cancer?

Yes, bronchitis: Bronchitis is the infection of the bronchial tumes. Pneumonia is more of an infection that has settled in the terminal ends of the bronchioles and the air sacs(called alveoli). ...Read more

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Is it possible to get a lung infection or pneumonia from breathing in cat litter? The night before my last CT I cleaned out the litter.

Is it possible to get a lung infection or pneumonia from breathing in cat litter? The night before my last CT I cleaned out the litter.

Not really: Well, if you forcefully inhale it directly into your lungs, then yes of course. The amount of dust dispersed and potentially inhaled from normal letterbox cleaning is not a risk though. Toxoplasmosis, the infection commonly thought of from cat poop, is passed by ingestion from dirty hands, not inhalation, is rare in humans, and generally will not affect healthy non-pregnant people. ...Read more

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How is someone with a suspected blood clot in the leg and a lung infection (pneumonia) treated?

How is someone with a suspected blood clot in the leg and a lung infection (pneumonia) treated?

Pneumonia: is treated with antibiotics. Treatment of a blood clot in the leg depends on the type and location of the vein that is thrombosed. If it is an anatomic "deep vein", it may require anticoagulation or more agressive treatment depending on your clinical situation. ...Read more

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PAIN had pneumonia,now gone but lung infection past wk,on meds past wk now glands swollen so bad head hurts,hurt 2 swollow.IN PAIN! Go to doc? or er?

 PAIN had pneumonia,now gone but lung infection past wk,on meds past wk now glands swollen so bad head hurts,hurt 2 swollow.IN PAIN! Go to doc? or er?

Symptoms: Please go to a local emergency room today. If things aren't to bad they can treat you and send you home. If your conditions is worse you will be transferred to the hospital. Hope all goes well. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how I could deal with lung infection?

Depends on health: If one is a smoker you may well need antibiotics. If one is not a smoker and not severely ill you might wait a couple of days prior to see your doctor. If you have fever, cough and chest pain , it would be wise to go see your doctor as soon as possible. If you have blood in your sputum, then this becomes more severe. Need immediate medical attention in that case. Basic answer see your doc ...Read more

Dr. Louis Gallia
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


Dr. Michael DePietro
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Pneumonia (Definition)

An inflammation of the lungs, most ...Read more