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What happens when a foreign object inhaled into the lung if it isn't taken out?

What happens when a foreign object inhaled into the lung if it isn't taken out?

A lot of things: Worst case, large enough objects can close the windpipe, cause suffocation and death. Smaller objects can cause infection, pneumonia, lung abscess, chronic cough, chronic phlegm, coughing blood, collapsed lung, recurrent fever, wheezing, chest pain ...Etc. In some cases, if small enough, nothing happens. ...Read more

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What are the risks of an inhaled foreign object into lungs?

What are the risks of an inhaled foreign object into lungs?

Dangerous: Risks associated: infection, air trapping, difficulty breathing, respiratory failure. This is an emergency situation and you need to go to the hospital asap. ...Read more

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Could there be an inhaled object in your lung\?

Could there be an inhaled object in your lung\?

Yes.: Oftentimes patients will recognize that they have inhaled something - tooth- bug - bead-food. Sometimes they are unaware due to intoxication, dementia, anesthesia or medical illness. ...Read more

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For 3 yrs off & on nausea cold sweats anxiety seeing blurry objects flying round while verge of vomit shortness of breath &took effexor (venlafaxine) somewhat help?

For 3 yrs off & on nausea cold sweats anxiety seeing blurry objects flying round while verge of vomit shortness of breath &took effexor (venlafaxine) somewhat help?

Anxiety treatable: Anxiety is very treatable and people can enjoy a normal life. It is a process where an anxiety "regulator/antidepressant" is used to achieve that.. doctor works with patient to reach an optimal response...other meds are used as " helpers" to achieve this goal. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) , when combined with medication is effective for long term prevention of recurrence Feel btter ...Read more

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These are my symptons: sore throat, neck pain, very tird, shortness of breath, & feels like a large object is sitting on my chest...

These are my symptons: sore throat, neck pain, very tird, shortness of breath, & feels like a large object is sitting on my chest...

Shortness of breath : And chest pressure are very good reasons to see a doctor. Without a history and physical exam these are vague symptoms. It could be as simple as a viral syndrome or as serious as pneumonia. Please see your physician. ...Read more

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I took 3 puffs from my inhaler, what could happen?

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Nothing, most likely: If it was a rescue inhaler, you may become more anxious or tremulous for several minutes. If it was your maintenance inhaler, you probably won't have any significant side effects. Be reassured that many have taken more puffs without experiencing any problems. ...Read more

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Would anything bad happen if you inhaled permanent markers?

Would anything bad happen if you inhaled permanent markers?

No: Permanent markers are used all of the time and some of the fumes are inhaled in this process. You would have to diligently put the marker near your mouth and inhale continuously for hours to get any ill effects, but this seems like a terrible waste of markers to get a tiny effect. ...Read more

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I accidentally inhaled some of the white powder that comes out of batteries!What is that white powder and what could happen to me?

I accidentally inhaled some of the white powder that comes out of batteries!What is that white powder and what could happen to me?

Call poison control: For a reliable answer: The National Poison Control Center (1-800-222-1222) can be called from anywhere in the United States. This national hotline number will let you talk to experts in poisoning. They will give you further instructions. ...Read more

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I inhaled water, will something happen to me, should I be concerned?

I inhaled water, will something happen to me, should I be concerned?

Dont worry: Your lungs can absorb excess water and probably you were coughing after the inhalation. The only concern about inhaling water is in the process of drowning which seems unlikely since you have asked the question. ...Read more

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What happens if a piece of plastic is inhaled such as a lego? Happened years ago and never had any problems, does it break down or just stay? Curious.

What happens if a piece of plastic is inhaled such as a lego? Happened years ago and never had any problems, does it break down or just stay? Curious.

Wow!: Plastic in the lungs is unlikely to go away. An entire lego piece, even a small one is kind of worrisome for causing lung problems. That said, if you aren't having respiratory problems, getting it out is likely worse than having it in. Are you absolutely sure it is still there? ...Read more

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Most likely inhaled styrofoam and took E-Ray only showed circle thing what will happen when it just sits there I'm not coughing will it go away anxios?

Most likely inhaled styrofoam and took E-Ray only showed circle thing what will happen when it just sits there I'm not coughing will it go away anxios?

Will not go away: styrofoam is not bio compatible with dissolving on its own. If it's showing up in your imaging of your nose, you may need to see and ENT doctor, who can irrigate it carefully, so it doesn't go deeper into your sinuses. There are OTC nasal irrigation solutions available through using a Netti pot. However, it may be best to get professional advice from an ENT doctor first. Then proceed ahead. ...Read more

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What happens when you inhale household cleaners?

What happens when you inhale household cleaners?

Variable: depending on what the cleaner is, the amount of ventilation and what it is mixed with. ...Read more

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What happens if I use an inhaler if i don't have asthma?

What happens if I use an inhaler if i don't have asthma?

Yes, but why?: Asthma inhalers will not have any beneficial effects on individuals without asthma. They do have side effects however. Medications should only be used when indicated and even then the least amount as possible is typically the best approach. ...Read more

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What happens if I inhale a lot of stale air on a long flight?

What happens if I inhale a lot of stale air on a long flight?

Infectious disease: May be transferred if an airborne pathogen is recirculated on a long flight, although most airlines filter the air. ...Read more