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Can fungus infections cause lung infections?

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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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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Can lung infection cause cancer?

Can lung infection cause cancer?

Probably not: There is no evidence of a direct link between lung infection and cancer. Chronic inflammation (eg. Emphysema and, to a lesser degree, chronic bronchitis) confers a risk of lung cancer. There is a weak link between a history of pneumonia and a 15-20% higher risk of lung cancer, but compare that to 40 years of smoking, which increases the chance of cancer by 2500%. Its all relative. ...Read more

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Are lung infections commonly contagious?

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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Chronic bronchitis emphysema and lung cancer can be caused by?

Chronic bronchitis emphysema and lung cancer can be caused by?

Smoking..,: The most common cause for both diseases is cigarette smoking. By either avoiding smoking or quitting if you do smoke, you reduce your chances of getting these diseases. See your doctor if you need help to quit. ...Read more

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Are most lung infections fatal?

Are most lung infections fatal?

No.: Many infections are viral and get better by themselves. Bacterial infections respond to antibiotics. There are drugs to treat fungal infections and tb. ...Read more

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What causes lung infection?

What causes lung infection?

Inhaled microorgani: Any bacteria or virus that penetrats on the lungs potentially can cause an infection...Called pneumonia. Rarely it could come from another part of the body via circulation. ...Read more

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Copd leads to lung cancer?

Copd leads to lung cancer?

Unlikely: While COPD does not cause lung cancer, the factors (smoking, for example) that cause COPD can also cause lung cancer. ...Read more

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Can TB lympadentitis cause lung tissue scarring without having pulmonary tb?

Can TB lympadentitis cause lung tissue scarring without having pulmonary tb?

Depends: Tb settles in lung and nodes commonly. Depending on area and degree of scarring, nodes and lung( Ghon complexes) and pleura can be affected and scar and calcify over time. ...Read more

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Are lung infections with aspergillus normally treated with anti-fungal infections?

Are lung infections with aspergillus normally treated with anti-fungal infections?

Actual infection:Yes: Actual infection with aspergillus is treated with surgery and anti fungals as a supplement. Presence of aspergillus is not proof of infection. Mere presence in the lungs often does not require anti fungals even if there are related symptoms. ...Read more

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Could a lung xray identify most lung diseases?

Could a lung xray identify most lung diseases?

Good but not perfect: A properly taken xray can reveal a great deal about many lung disorders, but not all. Present technology allows us to increase and decrease magnification, contrast and see more than we did years ago, but there are limits.Some disorders produce obvious changes on xray, while other do not. ...Read more

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Other than asthma and "chronic lung disease", what can cause chronic pneumonia?

Other than asthma and "chronic lung disease", what can cause chronic pneumonia?

Fungi and Bacteria: Both fungi and certain bacteria have been associated with chronic pneumonia. Most of the time your doctor will consider doing a bronchosopy (camera procedure in lungs) to determine the etiology of the pneumonia. ...Read more

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Does lung caviation with pneumonia mean its lung cancer?

Lung Cavity Causes: Not at all! differential DX of cavitation on chest x-ray: 1 caveating pneumonia: s aureus, gram-negative bacilli (klebsiella, pseudomonas, legionella), anaerobes, mycobacteria, fungi, pneumocystis. 2 septic emboli, bacterial or fungal. 3 wegener's granulomatosis or pulmonary infarction 4 infected bullae or cysts. 5 cancer: primary or secondary. Clearly, your doctor will help sort these out. ...Read more

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Is prednisone for viral or bacterial lung infection?

For none: Prednisone is not for any type of infection; in fact it can increase the risk and severity of infection. ...Read more

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Can cigars cause lung cancer?

Can cigars cause lung cancer?

Yes: They're not so deadly as cigarettes because people smoke fewer and the smoke is so disgusting that it's not much inhaled. However, I've autopsied two non-smoking wives of heavy cigar smokers who died of smoker-type lung cancer -- my only non-smoker lung cancer autosies. I'd had to be a husband who had to live with that one. ...Read more

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Lung infection with sever asthma?

Lung infection with sever asthma?

More common: Severe asthma reduces clearance of mucous and microoganisms (viruses & bacteria) from the lung. Long-standing severe asthma may lead to structural changes in the airway that compromise mucous clearance even more. Poor clearance of mucous & microorganisms from the breathing tubes is a clear risk factor for bronchitis and pneumonia. In children the leading risk factor for pneumonia is asthma. ...Read more

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What's COPD respiratory disease?

What's COPD respiratory disease?

COPD: COPD stands foe Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease As the name says it is chronic disease of the airway which includesEmphysema and Chronic Bronchitis Most cases are caused by smoking and few others by pollution and occupational exposure COPD is not reversible and there is no cure for it. Progession of this condition can be minimised by smoking cessation and prevent the harmful exposure. ...Read more

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Can Tb lympadentitis cause lung scars without having pulmonary tb?

Can Tb lympadentitis cause lung scars without having pulmonary tb?

Hmmm...: Although possible, it seems very unlikely to have isolated TB lymphadenopathy. What is more likely is that pulmonary TB is present and has caused the scarring. ...Read more

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Can pulmonary fibrosis result from viral pneumonia?

Can pulmonary fibrosis result from viral pneumonia?

No: Generally speaking pulmonary fibrosis is not the result of viral pneumonia. Sometimes viral pneumonia can cause some scarring of the lungs that may resemble some forms of pulmonary fibrosis. There is a form of pulmonary fibrosis called cryptogenic fibrosing alveolitis that sometimes may be the result of lung infections including viral pneumonia. ...Read more

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Are lung infiltrates common with pneumonia. Does that mean lung cancet?

Are lung infiltrates common with pneumonia.   Does that mean lung  cancet?

No: No, it does not mean lung cancer. Infiltrate is a consolidation and inflammation of infected tissue. Should get resolved with treatment. ...Read more

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Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
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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