Top
20
Doctor insights on: Problems Breathing Fuel Over Period Lead Obstructive Lung Disease

Share
1

1
Are there problems with breathing jet fuel over a period of time that could lead to obstructive lung disease?

Are there problems with breathing jet fuel over a period of time that could lead to obstructive lung disease?

Not certain: The department of defense has done research on this subject and does not believe that there are long term side effects from jet fuel exposure. There might be evidence to the contrary. Jet fuel exposure is not commonly considered a risk factor for copd. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer

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


2

2
Why does airway obstruction in chronic lung disease lead to hypercapnia?

Why does airway obstruction in chronic lung disease lead to hypercapnia?

Not alwasy: The more inefficient the damaged lung becomes at eliminating co2 the more you have to work to breath and the more work the more co2 you make. Once co2 is up for a period of time your body stops responding to theco2 &switches to o2 for the drive. Thus co2 rises even more as the body stops response to co2. This makes o2 dangerous to use. Most COPD get no rise in co2. You need a blood test to know. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
3

3
Can steady exposure to carbon monoxide cause respiratory problems like emphysema, copd, asthma?

Can steady exposure to carbon monoxide cause respiratory problems like emphysema, copd, asthma?

Would never happen: Carbon monoxide has strong affinity to the hemoglobin and its diffusibility through membrane is high. Before any other condition like asthma, COPD can occur from it, a person is dead. There will be no study to prove that. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
4

4
Can you cure lung disease if u stop smoking ? I'm 41 over weight and been tested for lung disease due to lungs blocked. Dr think it's weight issue.

Can you cure lung disease if u stop smoking ? I'm 41 over weight and been tested for lung disease due to lungs blocked.  Dr think it's weight issue.

Life style changes!: Some damage to lungs will be reversed - some might not fully resolve but no matter what - It's a good idea to arrest any damage, fix some and prevent other problems. So do make serious efforts to stop now! Also - the same goes for maintaining a healthy weight. You need not look like a model - but having a healthy BMI will help your whole body too. Change is hard, but it can be satisfying and good! ...Read more

6

6
Does sleep apnea cause heart disease very quickly(few years)? Or is heart disease more associated with long standing sleep apnea(many years/decades)?

Does sleep apnea cause heart disease very quickly(few years)?  Or is heart disease more associated with long standing sleep apnea(many years/decades)?

Depends on severity: & resulting severity of: hypoxemia, resulting pulmonary hypertension & severity of underlying coronary artery disease (in 1/2 of US citizens by age 7, per >8 decades US autopsy studies; yet asymptomatic for decades; arteries enlarge: http://goo.gl/aRhOU2. Narrowings, most clinically silent, result from sudden plaque ruptures & clots). Thus there is no reliable answer-too many individual variables. ...Read more

7

7
Help! I've been having chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (copd) in infants?

Help! I've been having chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (copd) in infants?

Not sure...: I'm not sure I understand your question. COPD is not typically a disease diagnosed in infancy! There is a form of COPD, Alpha 1 antitrypsin deficiency, which is caused by an enzyme deficiency and can be diagnosed at an earlier age. But, this is usually not diagnosed in infancy but rather in early adulthood. Please ask the question again if I am misunderstanding it! ...Read more

11

11
Lungs takes involuntary sudden breath why? Im asthmatic and possibly vascular diease problems. Is all associated together?

Lungs takes involuntary sudden breath why?  Im asthmatic and possibly vascular diease problems.  Is all associated together?

Tic? habit?: A sudden inspiration without associated shortness of breath could be a tic or a type of habit. If there are repetitive non stop sudden breaths that would be more significant but intermittent sudden breaths makes me think of either a tic or a habit. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
12

12
How would breathing through a straw simulate chronic lung disease caused by smoking?

How would breathing through a straw simulate chronic lung disease caused by smoking?

Airflow resistance: Think of the lungs as a giant balloon. The critical point in the system is the neck of the balloon. The narrower the neck, the harder it is for air to flow in and out. In chronic obstructive lung disease the bronchial tubes are narrower due to mucous, swelling, inflammation and sometimes loss of support structures. The straw analogy relates to the airflow limitation through smaller tubes/airways. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
13

13
Can vaping around a child cause reactive airway disease or asthma ?

Can vaping around a child cause reactive airway disease or asthma ?

Yes: Better avoid such practice or smoking or exposing children to any environmental airway inflammation trigger ...Read more

14

14
Other than COPD, what would cause shortness of breath& pain w/breathing in, plus focal airspace disease on chest X-ray? No cough/fever/phlegm.

Other than COPD, what would cause shortness of breath& pain w/breathing in, plus focal airspace disease on chest X-ray? No cough/fever/phlegm.

Many things: COPD should not cause "focal airspace disease" on any films. Typically when we report "focal airspace disease" it implies, but by no means exclusively, that you have pneumonia. There are nearly countless things that can cause these findings. See your doctor. ...Read more

15

15
Are heart attacks linked to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease?

Are heart attacks linked to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease?

Indirectly: Many people with COPD have a strong smoking history which also predisposes to heart attacks - in addition, there may be a chromic inflammatory element to some forms of COPD which cam also make heart attacks more likely. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
16

16
How does airway obstruction happen in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease?

How does airway obstruction happen in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease?

Loss of elasticity: Tobacco and chronic inflammation destroy elastin, which results in small and medium airway collapse with exhalation. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
18

18
Shortness of breath, left side chest tightness/tenderness.Had every cardiac test avail.Not cardiac related. Previous valley fever, possibly back? Poor quality of life do to breathing issue. Er visit?

Shortness of breath, left side chest tightness/tenderness.Had every cardiac test avail.Not cardiac related. Previous valley fever, possibly back? Poor quality of life do to breathing issue. Er visit?

Probably not: If your symptoms are chronic in nature, the er is not the best place for you to be evaluated. Go back to your regular phsyician, who knows your entire story. Ask if there is any other specialist who might be helpful in solving your difficult problem. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
20

20
Can ssri's/snri's cause shortness of breath(shallow breathing) in heart patients. 2 stents in lad..Never had this problem before stents?

Can ssri's/snri's cause shortness of breath(shallow breathing) in heart patients. 2 stents in lad..Never had this problem before stents?

Not usual: Although ssris/snris don't generally cause breathing difficulty, one cannot exclude the possibility that you are having an atypical rxn. The only way to know is to stop the med temporarily, and then reintroduce it. Meanwhile, you need a stress test to be sure one of your stents isn't failing (developing "in-stent restenosis". ...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


Dr. Klaus d Lessnau
2,022 doctors shared insights

Lung Diseases (Definition)

That is a very broad question as there are 100's of things that ...Read more