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Doctor insights on: Permanent Lung Damage 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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What's the difference between a mild/starting aspiration pneumonia and a severe one. Is there less lung damage if caught and treated early? Thanks!

What's the difference between a mild/starting aspiration pneumonia and a severe one. Is there less lung damage if caught and treated early? Thanks!

Yes: Identify the cause?
Stroke, swallowing abnormality,
regurgitation, hiatal hernia, esophageal diverticulum, obstruction etc.

Fix the problem. Left alone, recurrent pneumonia, lung abscess sepsis are serious. ...Read more

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Are there different types of lung abscess? Bacterial/fungal after pnuemonia & flu a? How is the recovery after lung damage in 21yr old ventil' patient

Are there different types of lung abscess? Bacterial/fungal after pnuemonia & flu a? How is the recovery after lung damage in 21yr old ventil' patient

All those and more: There are various types of lung abscesses, most due to a bacteria. In a vent dependent patient the recovery depends on multiple factors such as reason on a vent, length of time vent dependent, type of bacteria, size of abscess, etc. Chance of having a resistant bacterial infection in a vent dependent patient is much higher. Iv antibiotics, perc drainage, and in severe cases, surgery. ...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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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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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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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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I am concerned because I breathed in some heavy diesel exhaust briefly (a few minutes). Can a few short heavy exposures cause permanent lung damage/disease? What about permanent coronary damage from tiny particulate matter getting into bloodstream?

I am concerned because I breathed in some heavy diesel exhaust briefly (a few minutes). Can a few short heavy exposures cause permanent lung damage/disease? What about permanent coronary damage from tiny particulate matter getting into bloodstream?

No worries: Nothing permanent happens from that small exposure to diesel fumes. Luckily, in the U.S., cars that run on diesel have "clean diesel" engines now, without the old diesel fumes of the past. Other vehicles (trucks, buses, older cars, etc.) can still have smelly dark diesel exhaust. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Lung damage?

What is the definition or description of: Lung damage?

Lung damage: Disease or injury which negatively impacts the lungs which are part of the respiratory system. ...Read more

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What causes lung damage, apart from smoking or hereditary conditions?

What causes lung damage, apart from smoking or hereditary conditions?

Fumes, asthma, cancer: Chronic inhalation of chemical fumes & vapors
untreated asthma
infections eg tuberculosis, pneumonia
blood clots
cancer primary or secondary. ...Read more

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Please answer! What damages can weed smoking cause you other than lung damage.?

Please answer! What damages can weed smoking cause you other than lung damage.?

Many: Possible effects of marijuana: anxiety, depression, fear, panic, delusions, paranoia, hallucinations, losing touch with reality, inattentiveness, short-term memory problems, disturbances of thought processes. Fatigue, poor concentration, slowed reaction times ; slowed problem solving. Some people develop a dry mouth, have a rapid heart rate, develop respiratory irritation or may feel hungry. ...Read more

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Coughing extremely hard. Could this be lung damage?

Variety: Commonly viruses and upper respiratory irritation
sometimes bacterial
there are allergies, inhalants, and some lung diseases that evolve.
Your best answer will be to tell the whole history to a doctor and get examined fir other signs of trouble and likely get an xray. ...Read more

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What helps gastropareses when it has already caused lung damage?

What helps gastropareses when it has already caused lung damage?

There r options!!!!: There are medications which can help with improving the gastric motility, if that fails Gastric pacemaker is another option which does not work in everyone, in some cases a bypass between stomach and intestines may be helpful if medical management has failed. This issue needs assessment by a team of physicians including gastroenterologist and a surgeon with experience in this field. ...Read more

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Can LPR reflux cause lung damage?

Only if: Although it may cause a cough and worsen the symptoms (not lung function) of asthma, lung damages occurs only when aspiration into the lungs occurs. ...Read more

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Does vicodin cause lung damage if taken regularly?

Does vicodin cause lung damage if taken regularly?

No: While opioids can affect the respiratory centers in the brain, use of them do not directly effect or damage your lungs. Acetaminophen does not damage your lungs either, unless you count late stage liver failure, but again, that is a secondary relationship; it will not cause damage to your lungs. If you have copd, it can affect your breathing though, again centrally, so be cautious. ...Read more

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Name natural, homeopathic remedies for lung damage?

Name natural, homeopathic remedies for lung damage?

Have your case taken: There are many homeopathic remedies which are known for "lung damage, " but you can't use homeopathic remedies in a generalized way. (that is, if you want real benefit). Please consider working with an experienced homeopath who can review your case thoroughly, and find a remedy that applies specifically to you -- all of you, not just your lungs. You are a whole being, and your lungs live in you. ...Read more

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My lung x-rays looked normal, does that mean I have no lung damage?

My lung x-rays looked normal, does that mean I have no lung damage?

No: Damage from what? Ct is much more sensitive than is a standard x-ray to look for damage caused by a wide variety of causes. ...Read more

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Can a person with asbestos in school end up with severe lung damage?

Unlikely: There are specific types of asbestos which can cause lung problems, including mesothelioma or lung cancer. These usually present after several decades. Asbestos used in insulation usually stays in place, and would be an issue only when the asbestos becomes airborne, like in demolition. ...Read more

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Is it possible for cigarette smoking not to cause lung damage if you quit before 30?

Is it possible for cigarette smoking not to cause lung damage if you quit before 30?

Unlikely, but smart: Cigarette smoking can cause lung damage from day 1. Stopping today, however, can help to reverse damage caused by smoking; and after 6 months of no smoking, studies have shown that your heart-attack risk can revert to that of a non-smoker! ...Read more

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Can electronic cigarettes cause lung damage? If so, can someone be detailed or attach a link as to why it does?

Not safe: They are not safe. This link should help:

http://goo. Gl/0yedv

"...A study done by the fda found cancer-causing substances in half the e-cigarette samples tested. Other impurities were also found, including one sample with diethylene glycol, a toxic ingredient found in antifreeze...". ...Read more

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I was wondering about lung damage brought on by smoking, 10 a day, started at 17, quit at 21. I vigorously exercise now, will lungs completely heal?

I was wondering about lung damage brought on by smoking, 10 a day, started at 17, quit at 21. I vigorously exercise now, will lungs completely heal?

Probably: Any damage done by smoking 10 cigs a day for 4 years is likely to heal completely over time. Congratulations on stopping!
see http://whyquit. Com/whyquit/a_benefits_time_table. Html
for a timetable of how your body heals. ...Read more

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How can I determine whether I have lung damage from silicate inhalation?

See your doctor: The most effective test would be pulmonary function studies, which will show how your lungs are functioning now. If you had a previous set done, comparison would show what the effects of exposure are. ...Read more

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Is there alternative medicine to repair lung damage from smoking?

Is there alternative medicine to repair lung damage from smoking?

Unlikely: Cigarette smoking can cause lung damage from day 1. Stopping today, however, can help to reverse damage caused by smoking; and after 6 months of no smoking, studies have shown that your heart-attack risk can revert to that of a non-smoker! ...Read more

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Can drinking black tea help prevent lung damage?

QUESTIONABLE: I wouldn't bank on it. The following article : http://www. Themedguru. Com/20130326/feature/black-tea-good-diabetes-86147778.Html states “ black tea has a special property to block dna damage associated with tobacco and other toxic chemicals.” red tea & white tea have more health benefits than black tea. If you want healthy lungs then you need to take care of your lungs. Don't smoke. Do exercise. ...Read more

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Do people with lung damage from asthma/repeated bronchitis ever need lung transplants? If so, are they cured of asthma? How bad can lung damage get?

Rarely: Only patients with severe lung damage will need lung transplantation. Lot can be done for COPD using medicines, exercise and not smoking. ...Read more

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Chances of lung damage from breast cancer radiation?

Chances of lung damage from breast cancer radiation?

Low, but depends: The overall risk of lung damage resulting in breathing problems is less than 1-2%, but depends on the size of the radiation field, whether nodes are being treated, the technique (2d, 3d, or imrt), use of chemo during radiation (unusual), and issues with the patient (history of interstitial lung disease, etc). Ask your doctor what techniques they will use to reduce the amount of lung treated. ...Read more

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Is 96 to 98% oxygen levels good I've stopped smoking 10 weeks now is this ok or signs of lung damage and COPD?

Normal.: Anything around 95% or above is normal. 92% can be acceptable for certain disease states, such as copd. To evaluate your lung you'll need to undergo a pulmonary function test (pft), which will help the physician determine if your lungs are functioning within an acceptable range. Discuss with your pcp. ...Read more

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How much lung damage is done in 14 years via 2 parents secondhand smoking? Also, how long does it take for my lungs to recover?

Depends: Some people's lungs are very susceptible to tobacco smoke, others much less sensitive. In general, most smokers' lungs recover to a certain extent in 5 to 6 years after cessation of exposure. However you cannot reverse any permanent damage that may already be present. ...Read more

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My husband is suffering from asthma for 15-16 years. He is non-smoker and he has a heel in his lung. What can he do for repairing his lung damage?

See pulmonary!: Good morning, your husband needs to consult a lung specialist as there is lung tissue related scar. If there are symptoms of allergy, allergy consultation is suggested. ...Read more

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On pulseoxeter my oxygen level is between 95-98 I have stopped smoking have COPD new diagnosed are these levels good even though I've lung damage?

Ok: Great that you stopped smoking.
Encourage others to avoid smoking and copd.
You will be ok at 95 on room air but likely short of breath with exercize.
Over time you may stabilize or improve a bit. ...Read more

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