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Doctor insights on: Lymphatic Drainage Of The Lungs

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What is the purpose of the lymphatic system in and around the lungs?

What is the purpose of the lymphatic system in and around the lungs?

Drainage of lymph: Lymph is a natural fluid made by the immune system (lymphatic system) to keep the body healthy. Any foreign material or waste product that persists in the blood (after liver) gets to the lymph system, where it is processed & "surveyed" to make sure there's nothing harmful. If there is, it goes to the immune cells to clean up. Lungs need it just like every other organ. ...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 the lungs, spleen, lymphatic vessels and bone marrow all part of the immune system?

Are the lungs, spleen, lymphatic vessels and bone marrow all part of the immune system?

Yes and more: The major organs that produce cells key for the immune system are the bone marrow, spleen, lymph nodes and thymus. However, there are very active immune cells in most tissues including the skin, GI tract including liver and lungs. ...Read more

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Can drainage from your head get into your lungs?

Can drainage from your head get into your lungs?

Not really: Shouldn't, though you could possiblly aspirate nasal sinus drainage, . ...Read more

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How does the lymphatic system absorb body fluids for drainage?

How does the lymphatic system absorb body fluids for drainage?

Tissue swelling: Latin lympha "water goddess" - lymph is essentially recycled blood plasma. The lymphatic system returns the interstitial fluid to the thoracic duct and then to the bloodstream, where it is recirculated back to the tissues. Tissues with lymphedema are at risk of infection and ulcer. Yes I am certified in lymphatic therapy. We use fda approved lymphedema laser therapy for lymph drainage. ...Read more

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How do I deal with lymphatic drainage due to lymph node removal?

How do I deal with lymphatic drainage due to lymph node removal?

Compression, massage: If you have lymphedema from lymph node removal then your options are to wear a special fitted compression wrap on your arm. Something else that can help is lymphatic massage. ...Read more

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I have a lymphatic drainage problem - sluggish - and was wondering whether the chi machine or the air pressure lymphatic drainage machine is recommend?

I have a lymphatic drainage problem - sluggish - and was wondering whether the chi machine or the air pressure lymphatic drainage machine is recommend?

Possibly: The chi machine helps with meditation and can help you reach the Alpha wavlength. There are many lymphatic drainage machines available. We have the triactive laser which is fda approved for lymphatic drainage especially in breast cancer patients that have arm swelling. Check with the manufacturer and make sure it is fda approved for that use. ...Read more

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Is lymphatic drainage beneficial to my health?

Is lymphatic drainage beneficial to my health?

Lymphatic drainage: If you are healthy, then - no. If you have any disease in mind you want to ask, then let us know. ...Read more

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What are considered well accepted advantages of a lymphatic drainage massage?

What are considered well accepted advantages of a lymphatic drainage massage?

Certain circumstance: When you have an injury to or removal of parts of the lymphatic system, drainage to/from that area is affected. There can be massive swelling (lymphedema), resulting in pain, disability and deformity. In those cases, mld (manual lymphatic drainage) performed only by a specially trained therapist will provide excellent relief of the above problems. If no lymphatic damage, no real benefit to this. ...Read more

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I'm diagnosed with lipoedema and have been told manual lymphatic drainage will not help- is this true?

I'm diagnosed with lipoedema and have been told manual lymphatic drainage will not help- is this true?

Possibly: Lipoedema is primarily a disorder of hypertrophied, excess fat in the limbs [ usually the legs }. Sometimes manual lymph drainage and compression can help. There may be some overlap with a separate medical condition lymphedema. There is no harm in trying. ...Read more

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What to do if I have been diagnosed with lipoedema and have been told manual lymphatic drainage will not help- is this true?

What to do if I have been diagnosed with lipoedema and have been told manual lymphatic drainage will not help- is this true?

Yes: Unfortunately, many treatments have been tried for lipedema, but not many have been helpful. Compression, weight loss, lymphatic drainage don't provide benefit. There have been some who have good success with liposuction, but you need to find a surgeon who is experienced in the procedure for this particular indication. Dr Stefan Raprich in Darmstadt Germany is an expert in this. ...Read more

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Is it possible that training after a lymphatic drainage massage, spread toxins around the body and cause flu like symptoms?

Is it possible that training after a lymphatic drainage massage, spread toxins around the body and cause flu like symptoms?

Not usually: For those with compromise of lymphatic drainage, manual lymphatic drainage moves the lymph fluid around the blocked area and gets it to where it needs to go. The movement of the lymph fluid which may contain bacteria, fungus, viruses or very digested food goes finally to the big blood vessels to be sent to processing areas. Training probably does not add much movement to already moving lymph. ...Read more

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Where the lingual tonsil drainage it's lymphatic blood?

Where the lingual tonsil drainage it's lymphatic blood?

Usually lymph: Lingual tonsils are most likely to drain into level 2-3 nodes which would be along the upper and middle so the sternocleidomastoid muscle. Usually the tonsil drains to the nodes on its side but can drain into both sides. ...Read more

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How do you tell if a cough is due to lung congestion or just sinus drainage?

How do you tell if a cough is due to lung congestion or just sinus drainage?

Physician Eval...: Often, your doctor can tell the difference by examining you, including listening to your lungs with a stethoscope while you breathe deeply. If your lungs are congested, there will be abnormal sounds over your lung fields. With sinus congestion, your lungs will sound normal (unless bronchospasm related to your sinuses is present. If so, wheezing will be heard!). ...Read more

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Drainage scratch throat feel like I have to cough to breath. Feel like my lungs are not breath as easy?

Drainage scratch throat feel like I have to cough to breath. Feel like my lungs are not breath as easy?

Post nasal drip: Your symptoms indicate that you might have a post nasal drip. Steam yourself in the washroom, sleep with a vaporizer and several pillows. Use salt water nose drops for your nose several times a day drink tea and lemon. Apply vaporub to chest. ...Read more

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Itchy feeling in lungs, constant non productive cough, no sinus or drainage issues. Do have asthma, but albuterol isn't helping. Asthma or other?

Itchy feeling in lungs, constant non productive cough, no sinus or drainage issues. Do have asthma, but albuterol isn't helping. Asthma or other?

See doctor: This indicates that your asthma is not well controlled and frequent use of albuterol for relief often leads to worsening in asthma. Seek medical care before it is too late. It appears that you will need a controller medication and soon. ...Read more

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What is causing crackling in my lungs when breathing out? I do have nasal drainage but no fever

What is causing crackling in my lungs when breathing out? I do have nasal drainage but no fever

Chest congestion: Mucus clogging up your airways are loosening up causing you to have a "rattle" in your chest or "noisy breathing ". Usually start off with a cold then down airways. Makes your cough more productive. Usually self limiting. Seek medical advice if you are having difficulty breathing, wheezing or develop fever and or chest tightness! ...Read more

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Why would they have to keep a drainage tube in, for going on three weeks now?, she had a lung biopsy. She has stage 4 lung cancer, 79yrs. Old.

Why would they have to keep a drainage tube in, for going on three weeks now?, she had a lung biopsy. She has stage 4 lung cancer, 79yrs. Old.

Drainage: Tubes in the chest drain air or fluid.
The duration is usually determined by volume of fluid or persistent air leak. ...Read more

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Lung drainage tubes my father had pneumonia with lung cancer. He had drainage tubes in his lungs. Then the nurse took them out. Why would the nurse take them out?

Lung drainage tubes my father had pneumonia with lung cancer. He had drainage tubes in his lungs. Then the nurse took them out. Why would the nurse take them out?

Completed usefulness: Chest tubes= thoracostomy tubes drain blood, fluid, lymph, serous fluid, pus or air as common indications. The tubes are usually in the pleural cavity and not in the lungs.
Once the issue is resolved, the tubes are removed.
Doctors, nurses and other trained professionals can remove them. ...Read more

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The top 1/3 right lung removed 9 days ago. Leaking air and has min. Drainage. No emphysema and growth not cancer. How much longer on drain tube?

The top 1/3 right lung removed 9 days ago. Leaking air and has min. Drainage. No emphysema and growth not cancer. How much longer on drain tube?

Will take few days: Some times bronchial stump leaks air, is one of know complication of lobectomy, if it does not seal by itself in few days, most likely has to put a patch surgically (needs surgery). ...Read more

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Have asthma. Clear sinus drainage. Dr gave steriod shot in hip with nasonex (mometasone). Nebulizer treatment made lung function better but I still have cough?

Have asthma. Clear sinus drainage. Dr gave steriod shot in hip with nasonex (mometasone). Nebulizer treatment made lung function better but I still have cough?

PFTs: Pulmonary function testing will help to determine whether or not your lung function is in a proper range or not. Cough is a nonspecific finding that may be associated with an asthma exacerbation, but there are many other causes. ...Read more

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Short of breath. Chest tight & sore. Drainage. Pulse ox ok. EKG ok. Lung sounds ok. What could be causing me to gasp for air? Better when lying flat.

Short of breath. Chest tight & sore. Drainage. Pulse ox ok. EKG ok. Lung sounds ok. What could be causing me to gasp for air? Better when lying flat.

Gasping for air?: 24 F no medical Hx or meds: Short of breath. Chest tight & sore. Drainage. Pulse ox ok. EKG ok. Lung sounds ok. What could be causing me to gasp for air? Better when lying flat. Ans: good time for a live video consult. I am here for next 3+ hours. Try rebreathing in paper bag is you feel anxious and nervous We can do this live with video consult and discuss better. ...Read more

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Have clear nasal drainage with asthma. Dr gave steriod shot in hip with nasonex (mometasone). Nebulizer treatment made lung function better but I keep having cough?

Have clear nasal drainage with asthma. Dr gave steriod shot in hip with nasonex (mometasone). Nebulizer treatment made lung function better but I keep having cough?

Good that: Your asthma is under control. You will need to maintain your steroid treatment for at least three months and wean off from your albuterol gradually. Oftentimes we forget that using a nebulizer also loosens up nasal mucus that drains in the back of the throat causing persistent coughing! Continue your meds as prescribed. Talk to doctor if concerned or condition worsened. ...Read more

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I have drainage in the back of my throat and runny nose, and sometime when I breath in the bottom of my right lung hurts, what's wrong?

I have drainage in the back of my throat and runny nose, and sometime when I breath in the bottom of my right lung hurts, what's wrong?

Inlammation typical: Oftentimes this is narrowing due to inflammation in the upper airway. This can be due reflux or recent infection or post nasal drip among common causes. To get rid of the feeling, have to treat the cause... It can takes months to go away. ...Read more

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Toddler aspirates up to honey thickness&gets pneumonia&chronic h-flu ear infections. (Has tubes) Is it possible ear drainage is getting to lungs?

Toddler aspirates up to honey thickness&gets pneumonia&chronic h-flu ear infections. (Has tubes) Is it possible ear drainage is getting to lungs?

No ear drainage asp-: -iration- The ear canals don't drain to the throat/mouth. Certainly any nasal/sinus drainage runs the risk of winding up in the lungs. Coughing is our body's way of attempting to keep the secretions formed in the back of the throat and sinuses out of the airways. ...Read more

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I woke up today not feeling good. Here is the symptoms. Coughing, Weight in lungs, shortness of breath, chunky dry bloody phlegm, sinus drainage, muscle ache, lethargy, lightheaded, mirgraine, and fever. Any suggestions?

I woke up today not feeling good. Here is the symptoms. Coughing, Weight in lungs, shortness of breath, chunky dry bloody phlegm, sinus drainage, muscle ache, lethargy, lightheaded, mirgraine, and fever. Any suggestions?

SEE DOCTOR ASAP: It seems you are pretty sick and may have a lower respiratory infection like Acute Bronchitis or Pnumonia and need to see your Doctor asap. If can not see Doctor go to the ER
Meanwhile Drink plenty of fluids and take Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Ibuprofen if youbdo not have allergy to it or have a stomach ulcer.
You need examination and also may need Chest Xray and treatment with Antibiotics if Bacterial infection. ...Read more

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My mom had 2 attacks in 2 years. Now she has cardiomegaly, water in lungs. She was 7days in hosp. We took discharge&removed diuretic. She died in 5 hrs. Why?

My mom had 2 attacks in 2 years. Now she has cardiomegaly, water in lungs. She was 7days in hosp. We took discharge&removed diuretic. She died in 5 hrs. Why?

Maybe arrhythmia: Sorry about your mom. Since she has had a heart attack, she has scar tissue in the heart muscle which can cause life threatening rhythm problems. Presume that her fluid status was stable in order to be discharged. For death 5 hours after stopping a diuretic, that would be too soon to develop new fluid overload.
If it was quite sudden, would consider heart dysrhythmia, or a lung blood clot. ...Read more

Discharge (Definition)

Discharge can be a noun or a verb; it has multiple meanings in physics, chemistry, military, and legal usage. The most common medical meaning is a substance that is being excreted. Examples: pus is the discharge from a pimple; a vaginal discharge can mean infection; an ear discharge can mean an infection of the outer ear tract; a nasal discharge ...Read more


Lymphatic (Definition)

Arteries and veins carry blood around the body. Fluid leaks out and bathes the tissues and is returned to the heart by a system of vessels termed the lymphatic system. Without it fluid would accumulate in tissues ...Read more