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What is the definition or description of: lungs and breathing?

What is the definition or description of: lungs and breathing?

God's organ: The lungs are the organ that exchange oxygen and carbon dioxide with the blood. Breathing is the act of moving air into the lungs to perform this exchange. ...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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Is there a difference in the breathing sounds of someone with croup compared to pertussis?

Is there a difference in the breathing sounds of someone with croup compared to pertussis?

Breathing sounds: With severe croup, you may hear stridor, which is an inspiratory sucking or squeaking sound. This is a sign of severe tracheal narrowing and warrants immediate medical attention. With pertussis, there are many coughs in a row (>5) which makes it hard to breath in between. Sometimes there's a whooping sound after the cough attack. For both conditions, the child should be evaluated. ...Read more

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My 2 year old has had a cough for a month. Negative for pertussis. It has now become a wet cough, mostly at night and rattles in her chest. Any ideas?

My 2 year old has had a cough for a month. Negative for pertussis. It has now become a wet cough, mostly at night and rattles in her chest. Any ideas?

Possibly asthma: Night cough is a very common symptom of asthma. A chest x ray may help with finding an answer. Consultation with a pediatric lung specialist is a good idea. ...Read more

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2w w/cold symptoms but cough has lingered & my ribs hurt. Tingly sensation on chest. Scared of pertussis vaccinated last year & mom to 6mo vacc baby.

Dr. Joseph Oh Dr. Oh
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2w w/cold symptoms but cough has lingered & my ribs hurt. Tingly sensation on chest. Scared of pertussis vaccinated last year & mom to 6mo vacc baby.

Prob not pertussis: both of u being vaccinated recently make pertussis less likely. Good idea 2 b careful of any illnesses around ur baby though. all family members should b vaccinated against flu and pertussis. With ur symptoms, I would see a doctor to see if u have pneumonia, bronchitis, etc. ...Read more

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How will a punctured lung affect a person's breathing?

How will a punctured lung affect a person's breathing?

Short of breath: A person would get short of breath, have a difficult time taking a deep breath, sometimes may have some associated pain from the origin of the lung injury. ...Read more

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How can smoking affect my breathing, lungs, and muscles?

How can  smoking affect my breathing, lungs, and muscles?

Many ways: Smoking can lead to chronic inflammation in your lungs which can be a cause of COPD ( emphysema, chronic bronchitis) other risks include lung cancer, oropharyngeal cancer. Carbon monoxide inhalation from cigarette smoke can lead to muscle weakness as well. ...Read more

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What does breathing have to do with my cilia and lung cells?

What does breathing have to do with my cilia and lung cells?

Clearing the airways: Ciliated cells line the trachea, bronchi and smaller airways. The beating of the cilia transports any particles, that land on the them, towards the mouth and on the way such particles may be coughed out or swallowed. Maintaining the potency of the airways is essential for breathing. ...Read more

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What general part of the breathing does an iron lung replace?

What general part of the breathing does an iron lung replace?

Iron lung=muscles: An iron lung is a device (negative pressure ventilator)you lie in up to your neck. Air is pumped in and out around you, so your lungs expand and contract; it breathes for you. It replaces the mechanical part of breathing that your muscles perform, so it was used for polio patients. It doesn't help if you can't exchange gases efficiently. You need oxygen therapy for that. ...Read more

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Could breathing in steam help your clear your lungs from smoking?

Could breathing in steam help your clear your lungs from smoking?

NO!!!: No steam is boiling water in vapor form and could burn your lungs. Now cold steam will not work either. Cells in the lung called macrophages will "clean" the lungs over time. Avoid smoke. ...Read more

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Are deep breathing exercises beneficial to increase lung capacity?

Are deep breathing exercises beneficial to increase lung capacity?

Lung capacity: To some degree, yes. But this is limited to the physical capacity of the lungs. Cardiopulmary function may improve as well. ...Read more

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I think I inhaled I piece of drinking straw paper? Could it be in my lungs? I'm breathing fine

I think I inhaled I piece of drinking straw paper? Could it be in my lungs? I'm breathing fine

Observation: inhaling a small piece of paper will result in your immune cells digesting it and mucus produced. Usually it will be coughed up. Please see your doctor if any symptoms arise ...Read more

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Why LPR refux causes breathing difficulties is there any test to detect acis is aspirating to lungs?

Why LPR refux causes breathing difficulties is there any test to detect acis is aspirating to lungs?

It burns the mucosa: Acid reflux damages the mucosa but also there is a reflex bronchospasm. Chronic aspiration can cause pulmonary fibrosis (as one of the contributing theories/factors) even cause bronchiectasis or rupture of lung tissue. Barium swallow or direct visualization are few of the tests. ...Read more

Breathing (Definition)

Breathing is the way we take in oxygen and expel carbon dioxide (co2) through out lungs. When our lungs expand we take fresh air in that contains oxygen and then when our lungs ...Read more


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Lungs And Breathing (Definition)

The lungs are the organ that exchange oxygen and carbon dioxide with the blood. Breathing is the act of moving air into the lungs ...Read more