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What effects does cold weather have on the lungs?

What effects does cold weather have on the lungs?

Cold air hurts lungs: Cold air is naturally dry. When you breathe cold dry air into your lungs, moisture from your bronchial tubes evaporate. This irritates the surface and can cause the bronchial tubes to spasm in people with asthma. There is a test to help diagnose asthma where patients are asked to hyperventilate breathing cold dry air. Breathing through a scarf or mask helps shield the lungs from the dryness. ...Read more

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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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Treating a Collapsed Lung (Checklist)

Go to the ER for x-rays and initial treatment
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7mo with purple hands, legs, and feet. She is very white. Yesterday she was at the doctor and heart and lungs were fine. Is this due to cold weather?

7mo with purple hands, legs, and feet. She is very white. Yesterday she was at the doctor and heart and lungs were fine. Is this due to cold weather?

Workup/Mgt: I would advise checking your daughter's temperature. Babies can lose body heat quickly. Keep her head warm and she should have one more layer of clothing than older children. Since she is on albuterol and has had constipation, a screening test for CF should be confirmed to rule out CF. Her pulse oximetry or oxygen saturation should be checked on arms and legs. If she has any distress, ED visit. ...Read more

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Will having gone out in cold weather without sweater put me at risk for a lung infection ? Hbp minimal ling base collapse tachycardiac

Will having gone out in cold weather without sweater put me at risk for a lung infection ? Hbp minimal ling base collapse tachycardiac

Unlikely: It is not usual that simple exposure to cold weather will produce pneumonia. If, however, you are having the problems enumerated here, you really need to be seen by a pulmonologist (lung specialist) and evaluated and treated. Good luck. ...Read more

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Treating a Lung Nodule (Checklist)

Recognize that most nodules are benign scars, not malignant
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Could it be healthy to have cold/numb fingers while running in cold weather?

Could it be healthy to have cold/numb fingers while running in cold weather?

Usually not serious: You describe symptoms suggestive of raynaud's phenomenon. Blood vessels of fingers react excessively to cold and blood supply to fingers diminishes. Protect you fingers from cold and quickly warm your fingers. ...Read more

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What are the best ways to lose weight without running in the cold weather?

What are the best ways to lose weight without running in the cold weather?

See details: Cycling, swimming and most importantly, dietary changes. Minimize carbs, control portion size, no fast food or high calorie snacks, etc. ...Read more

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Living with Lyme Disease (Checklist)

Consult an infectious disease doctor.
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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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