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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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Recovering from Pneumonia (Checklist)

Finish entire round of antibiotics
Once
Follow up with your doctor
Once
Get repeat imaging to make sure pneumonia has fully cleared up
Once
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Help! need to know if there's a specific term for being prone to lung diseases such as pneumonia and bronchitis?

Help! need to know if there's a specific term for being prone to lung diseases such as pneumonia and bronchitis?

Work up: There are many conditions which can lead to recurrent pneumonia or infections of the lungs. These include cf, aspiration, retention of an aspirated object/food, abnormal structure in an area of the lung and immune defects. A workup may include evaluations for each of the above depending on your history and physical exam. ...Read more

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Please tell me if there is a specific term for being prone to lung diseases such as pneumonia and bronchitis?

Please tell me if there is a specific term for being prone to lung diseases such as pneumonia and bronchitis?

Cigarette smoker: The most common thing that makes individuals susceptible to bacterial bronchitis and recurrent pneumonia is a long history of smoking tobacco and ongoing tobacco abuse, which causes lung damage and impairs the normal physiology that protects the lung from infection such as ciliary clearance of the lung, while also suppressing the immune system. ...Read more

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Recovering from Pneumonia (Checklist)

Finish antibiotics if prescribed
once
Drink enough fluids until your urine is pale yellow
daily
Don't smoke
once
Tylenol as needed for fever
every 6 hours
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How long do you have to smoke to do permanent serious lung damage?

How long do you have to smoke to do permanent serious lung damage?

Different for all: Human beings are biochemically individual, and thus react to health insults like smoking at different rates and in different ways. Maybe the real question is, how long do you have to hurt yourself before you realize that you're making a stupid choice? Stop smoking, your lungs will start recovering (and the rest of you too!). ...Read more

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Is the lung damage from meconium aspiration permanent?

Is the lung damage from meconium aspiration permanent?

No: Meconium aspiration, per se, is uncommon, and many cases of so-called meconium aspiration are simply other forms of respiratory distress noted in newborns who also passed meconium prior to delivery. True meconium aspiration does cause acute lung injury but most, if not all, cases heal completely within days to weeks. ...Read more

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Recovering from Pneumonia (Checklist)

Get plenty of rest
1 hrs, 3x day for 6 weeks
Walk a little bit more each day, take it easy, one step at a time.
2x day
Drink plenty of fluids.
daily
Take Vitamin C for improved healing.
3x day
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Is lung damage during breast radiation permanent?

Is lung damage during breast radiation permanent?

Generally yes: Acute radiation pneumonitis/lung inflamation can be treated and improve. However, radiation causes longterm injury and progressive fibrosis. This process continues long after the radiation treatment is completed. ...Read more

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Pneumonia (Definition)

The most common definition is an infection involving the lung. Several noninfectious disorders can cause inflammation of the lung which is ...Read more

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Lung Diseases (Definition)

Lung diseases are diseases that interfere with the lung's ability to exchange oxygen. They includes genetic diseases, infections, ...Read more

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